“What Is My Goal?”: Inside the Tense Roundtable to “Define” Jill Biden’s Legacy

February 19, 2024

In the meeting with historians, the paper covering their water glasses was embossed with a golden presidential seal. By the end of the meeting, Biden felt satisfied with the comparisons to historical giants. Across the White House, the East Wing was similarly calm, mostly because March 2, 2021, was a Tuesday. But over a year after Jill’s husband first summoned historians to the White House, she invited a group of them to the East Wing. A year into the presidency, the sense among people close to Jill was that she was not doing enough to shape her legacy as First Lady.