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Jill Biden

 

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Jill Biden
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Official portrait, December 2012

Second Lady of the United States
Assumed office
January 20, 2009
Vice President Joe Biden
Preceded by Lynne Cheney
Personal details
Born Jill Tracy Jacobs
June 3, 1951 (age 64)
Hammonton, New Jersey, U.S
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Bill Stevenson (1970–1976)
Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (1977–present)
Children Ashley Biden
Beau Biden (stepson) (deceased)
Hunter Biden (stepson)
Alma mater University of Delaware (Ed.D.)
West Chester University (M.Ed.)
Villanova University (M.A.)
University of Delaware (B.A.)
Occupation Educator
Religion Roman Catholicism[1]
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Jill Tracy Biden (née Jacobs, previously Stevenson; born June 3, 1951) is an American educator who is married to the 47th and current Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden, making her the Second Lady of the United States since 2009.
She was born in Hammonton, New Jersey, and grew up in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. She married Joe Biden in 1977, and became stepmother to his two young sons from his first marriage, Beau and Hunter, whose mother and baby sister died in a car accident. Joe and Jill Biden have a daughter, Ashley, born in 1981.
Jill Biden has a bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware, master's degrees from West Chester University and Villanova University, and a doctoral degree from the University of Delaware. She taught English and reading in high schools for 13 years, and also taught adolescents with emotional disabilities at a psychiatric hospital. From 1993 to 2008, she was an English and writing instructor at Delaware Technical & Community College. Since 2009, she has been a professor of English at Northern Virginia Community College and is thought to be the first Second Lady to hold a paying job while her husband is Vice President. She is the founder of the Biden Breast Health Initiative non-profit organization, co-founder of the Book Buddies program, is active in Delaware Boots on the Ground, and is co-founder of Joining Forces with First Lady Michelle Obama.

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Early life

Jill Tracy Jacobs was born on June 3, 1951 in Hammonton, New Jersey.[2][3] Moving several times while very young, she and her four younger sisters spent the majority of their childhood in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.[4][5] Her father, Donald C. Jacobs (1927–1999),[6] was a bank teller who became head of a savings and loan in the Chestnut Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia.[7] His family name had originally been Giacoppa before her Italian grandfather anglicized it.[7][8] Her mother, Bonny Jean (Godfrey) Jacobs (1930–2008),[4] was a homemaker.[6] The family was not particularly religious, but in ninth grade, Jacobs independently took classes in order to join the Presbyterian church.[7]
Jacobs always intended to have her own career.[9] She began working at age 15, which included waitressing at the Jersey Shore.[7][9] She attended Upper Moreland High School, where she was somewhat rebellious and enjoyed her social life, but always liked English class.[10] She graduated in 1969.[11]

Education and career, marriage and family

Further information: Biden family
Jacobs enrolled in a junior college in Pennsylvania to study fashion merchandising, but soon found it unsatisfying.[7] She married Bill Stevenson, a former college football player, in February 1970.[12] Within a couple of years he opened the Stone Balloon in Newark, Delaware, near the University of Delaware.[12] It became one of the most successful college bars in the nation.[12]
She enrolled at the University of Delaware, where she declared English as her major.[7] She then took a year off from college and did some modelling work for a local agency in Wilmington.[7][12] She and Stevenson drifted apart.[12]
Subsequently, she returned to college and met Senator Joe Biden as a senior at Delaware in March 1975.[9] They met on a blind date set up by Joe's brother, though Biden had seen her photograph in a local advertisement.[9] She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware later in 1975.[13][14] She began her career teaching high school English.[9] Meanwhile, she was going through turbulent divorce proceedings with Stevenson; the court case ended in 1976, with her not getting the half-share in the Stone Balloon she had wanted.[12]
Jill and Joe Biden meeting Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in April 1980
She and Joe Biden were married by a Catholic priest on June 17, 1977, at the Chapel at the United Nations in New York City.[3][9][15] This was four and a half years after his first wife and infant daughter died in a motor vehicle accident;[3] Joe had proposed several times before she accepted, hesitant to take on the commitment of raising his two young sons who had survived the accident.[7] She continued to teach and then, while pregnant, received a Master of Education with a specialty in Reading from West Chester University in 1981.[7][13][16] The Bidens' daughter Ashley Blazer was born on June 8, 1981,[17] and Jill stopped working for two years while raising the three children.[18]
She then returned to work, teaching English, acting as a reading specialist, and teaching history to emotionally disturbed students.[9] She taught in the adolescent program at the Rockford Center psychiatric hospital for five years in the 1980s.[3][7] In 1987, Biden received a second Master of Arts degree, this one in English from Villanova University.[3][13] During her husband's 1988 bid for the Presidency, she said she would continue her job of teaching emotionally disturbed children even if she became First Lady.[19] In all, she spent 13 years teaching in public high school,[9] including 3 years at Claymont High School.[7]
From 1993 through 2008, Biden was an instructor at the Stanton/Wilmington campus of Delaware Technical & Community College,[13][20][21] where she taught English composition and remedial writing, with an emphasis on instilling confidence in students.[20][22] She has said of teaching at a community college, "I feel like I can make a greater difference in their lives. I just love that population. It just feels really comfortable to me. I love the women who are coming back to school and getting their degrees, because they're so focused."[20]
Biden is president of the Biden Breast Health Initiative, a nonprofit organization begun in 1993 that provides educational breast health awareness programs free of charge to schools and other groups in the state of Delaware.[23][24] In the following 15 years, the organization informed more than 7,000 high school girls about proper breast health.[25] In 2007, Biden helped found Book Buddies, which provides books for low-income children,[25] and has been very active in Delaware Boots on the Ground, an organization that supports military families.[22] She runs five miles, five times a week, and she has run in the Marine Corps Marathon.[9]
Biden later returned to school for her doctoral degree, studying under her birth name, Jill Jacobs.[18] In January 2007, at age 55, she received a Doctor of Education in educational leadership from the University of Delaware.[3][25][26][27] Her dissertation, Student Retention at the Community College: Meeting Students' Needs, was published under the name Jill Jacobs-Biden.[26]

Role in 2008 presidential campaign

Biden at the August 2008 announcement of her husband becoming Barack Obama's running mate
Following George W. Bush's reelection in 2004, she urged her husband to run again for President,[21] later saying: "I literally wore black for a week. I just could not believe that he won, because I felt that things were already so bad. I was so against the [Iraq War]. And I said to Joe, 'You've got to change this, you have to change this.'"[20] During Joe Biden's 2008 campaign to be the Democratic nominee, she continued to teach during the week and would join him for campaigning on weekends.[21] She said that she would have taken an activist role in addressing education as her chief focus of concern as a potential First Lady.[28] She also said that she was basically apolitical and would not seek inclusion in Cabinet meetings.[21]
Once her husband was selected as the Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's running mate, she began campaigning again. She wore a Blue Star Mothers Club pin in recognition of Beau Biden's deployment to Iraq.[20] She was not a polished political speaker, but was able to establish a connection with the audience.[20] She also made some joint appearances with Michelle Obama.[29] Throughout the time her husband was running for vice president, Jill Biden continued to teach four days a week at Delaware Technical & Community College during the fall 2008 semester, and then campaigned over the long weekend, while grading class papers on the campaign bus.[4][20][30]

Second Lady of the United States

Jill and Joe Biden dancing at the President Obama Home States Ball, January 20, 2009; the gown was by Reem Acra
Official portrait, March 2009
Despite moving to Number One Observatory Circle (the vice presidential residence in Washington) as Second Lady of the United States, Biden intended to keep teaching at a Washington-area community college, and several of them recruited her.[31][32][33] In January 2009, she began teaching two English courses as an adjunct professor at the Alexandria campus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), the second largest community college in the nation.[27][34] It has been rare for Second Ladies to work while their spouses serve as Vice President,[29][32] and Biden is thought to be the first Second Lady to hold a paying job while her husband is Vice President.[27] Biden planned to be a public advocate for the importance of community colleges and to advise the Obama administration on issues related to them.[34] In White House announcements and by her preference, she is referred to as "Dr. Jill Biden".[27][35]
Catherine Russell, a former adviser to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was named Biden's chief of staff for her Second Lady role.[36] Courtney O’Donnell, a former spokesperson for Howard Dean and Elizabeth Edwards, was named her communications director[37] and Kirsten White, a lawyer at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, her policy director.[38] As Second Lady, Biden has a staff of eight overall and occupies a corner suite in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.[35]
On The Oprah Winfrey Show just before the inauguration, Jill Biden said that Barack Obama had offered her husband either the Vice-Presidency or the position of U.S. Secretary of State.[39][40] However, Joe Biden's spokesperson stated that Biden had only been offered one job by Obama.[40] In May 2009, Obama announced that Biden would be in charge of an initiative to raise awareness about the value of community colleges.[41]
In June 2009, Biden gave the commencement address at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York,[42] and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from the City University of New York.[43] Biden continued teaching two English reading and writing classes at NOVA in fall 2009.[44] In January 2010, she gave the commencement speech at the University of Delaware's winter commencement, the first such address by her at a major university.[45] In August 2010, Biden appeared as herself in an episode of Lifetime's Army Wives, making it part of her campaign to raise awareness of military families.[46]
In April 2011, she and Michelle Obama founded a national initiative, Joining Forces, to showcase the needs of U.S. military families.[47][48] In September 2011, Biden lent her support to USAID's FWD campaign, a push for awareness surrounding the deadly famine, war, and drought affecting over 13 million people in the Horn of Africa.[49] She continued to teach at NOVA,[50] and by 2011 held a permanent position as an associate professor, teaching three English and writing composition courses two days per week.[51] Her position there was as normal as she could make it, sharing a cubicle with another teacher, holding regular office hours for students, and trying to get her accompanying Secret Service agents to dress as unobviously as possible.[51] Her life with her husband at Number One Observatory Circle tended towards the informal and was centered around family and their nearby grandchildren.[51] In June 2012, she published a children's book, Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops, based around her son Beau's deployment.[52] The same month, the Bidens' daughter Ashley, a social worker and staffer at the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families, was married.[53]
In the 2012 U.S. presidential election, in which her husband was running for re-election as vice president, Biden played a modest role.[52] She did not cut back on her teaching schedule and made few solo campaign appearances.[52] This reflected her continuing distaste for both politics and public speaking, even though the Obama campaign considered her valuable in connecting to military families, teachers, and women.[52] Following the re-election of Obama and her husband on November 6, 2012, Biden began a second term as second lady. She wore a silk blue gown by Vera Wang when she appeared at the inaugural balls in January 2013.[54]
During her second term, Biden continued to be involved with supporting military personnel, including staging multiple visits to the Center for the Intrepid rehabilitation facility for amputees and attending the inaugural Invictus Games in London.[55] During the 2014 U.S. midterm Congressional elections she was active in campaigning for a number of Democratic candidates, including high-profile contests such as Mark Udall in Colorado and Michelle Nunn in Georgia.[56][57]

Wu Xiubo

 

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This is a Chinese name; the family name is Wu.
Wu Xiubo
Xiubo-Wu.jpg
Wu Xiubo, Nov. 2010
Chinese name 吴秀波 (simplified)
Pinyin Wú Xiù Bō (Mandarin)
Origin People's Republic of China
Born 5 September 1968 (age 47)
Beijing,
China
Occupation Actor
Wu Xiubo (Chinese: 吴秀波; pinyin: Wú Xiù Bō), (born 5 September 1968), is a Chinese actor, musician and producer. He is perhaps most widely known as Xinjie Liu, the protagonist in the TV series Before the Dawn, for which he received several awards. Other prominent dramas in which he had a starring role include "The Wedding Gown", "Sword & Spy", "To the Oak", "The Brotherhood", "Road May Say", and "Invincible Love". He is currently one of the highest paid actors on Chinese television.

Early life

Wu was born and raised in Beijing, China. His mother is a pharmacist, and his father, who died in 2007, was a diplomat.[1] Wu Xiubo has one older step-brother who is a physicist.
As a teenager, Wu became involved in the arts, particularly painting, drawing, poetry, and singing. In 1984, he enrolled at Central Academy of Drama, from which he graduated in 1987. During the period 1988 to 1995, he worked as a dramatic actor in the China Railway Art Troupe, as well as working part-time as a singer. Despite his success as an actor, Wu became tired of repeating the same roles day after day, and in 1995 decided to become a full-time musician. From 1995 to 2000, he was a very popular singer in Da Fu Hao and Heping House, two popular bars in Beijing, also performing many of his own compositions. Years later he claimed that this was one of the happiest periods of his life. In 2000 he self-produced his first and only album War of Love, a collection of 10 original songs. He also pursued a variety of business ventures.

Career

In 2002 Wu was encouraged to return to acting by producer Jian Zhang and actress Pei Liu. He made his television dramatic debut as a detective in the series "Crime Investigate" at the end of 2002. Since then he has worked in a wide variety of series and developed a reputation for his versatility as an actor, as well as his abilities in drama and music production. In some cases he filled all three roles (actor, production, music), such as in "A Special Road" (2004) where he played Tianzhuo Lv, and "Road May Say" (2006) in which he played the lead role Yi Luo.

Music

Wu has displayed his musical and literary talents in music producing and poetry writing since he was 17. From 1995 to 2000, he was a quite popular singer in Beijing, performing his own original works only. In 2000, his music album, “War of Love” was released, including 10 original songs all written by himself. He has displayed his musical talents in episodes of several series as well.

Personal life

Wu married in 2002 when he was 34. He and his wife live in Beijing with their two sons Hanhan (born 2003) and Xiaoyu (born 2007).[1] Wu is an avid billiards enthusiast.
In 2014, PETA named him as Asia's Sexiest Male Vegetarian Celebrity.[2]

Filmography

Films