Joining her family, political fiance and hundreds of others for a piece of recent history, Jill Biden made a return trip to her ancestral homeland of the Czech Republic on Thursday.
Biden attended an inauguration, where the communist-era Czech nation’s new government was sworn in by the Parliament. And she spent the night at the prime minister’s official residence and participated in a special dinner put on by Fiskebar in Prague.
For the first time in her life, Biden, a member of the Biden clan of New Jersey, addressed a crowd of Czech officials — not in a speech but to a group of 120 people.
“It was an overwhelming experience,” Biden said of meeting President Milos Zeman in the morning, sharing a moment with her future brother-in-law at their signing ceremony in the Czech Academy, which stands in the capital city of Prague. “This is something I will never forget. This was a page to be turned. I’ve come full circle.”
Still wearing a white wedding gown, Biden waved at her family and supporters as she entered, taking a picture to commemorate the day.
“We got to see history unfold. The National Assembly gave the ceremonial colors to the new government and nominated the president. It was historic,” she said.
As she wrapped up her visit to the Czech capital, Biden told her family and those at the event that she wanted “for this to happen again and again.”
The only daughter of former Vice President Joe Biden and his first wife, Jill Biden had no political influence until running for and winning Delaware’s first congressional seat in 1998.
She focused her campaign on domestic issues and, when she couldn’t get a recess appointment for her husband’s former position as Delaware’s U.S. senator, focused on being a wife, a mother and a friend.