CHARLOTTE – Dr. Jill Biden dropped by the Youth Caucus at the Democratic National Convention today for an unexpected visit in the last half hour of the meeting. The Second Lady was swarmed by cameras and cell phones, but took the time to pose with teenage delegates and shake hands with the audience before speaking from the podium. Her speech was quite short, thanking the delegation for its support and complimenting Michelle Obama on last night’s address.
“I want you to know how much Joe and I and Barack and Michelle appreciate everything that you’re doing for our campaign all across America,” Biden said.
Taking a cue from the First Lady, Biden mentioned needing student loans and grants to complete her higher education.
“We understand what many of you are facing,” she said. The line fits with the DNC’s key themes: painting the Obama administration as in sync with average Americans and casting the opposition as out of touch with their struggles.
Before departing, Biden asked the hall to take the convention’s enthusiasm back to their home towns and college campuses and recruit their friends into the President’s reelection efforts.
Surprise guests appeared in multiple caucuses this week, including a Michelle Obama visit to the African American Caucus this morning. The two hour meetings usually feature over a dozen speakers, but they are rarely announced in advanced. The appearances of top-tier guests are held in utmost secrecy.
“We really didn’t want anyone to know that was happening beforehand,” said Youth Caucus Chair Jason Rae. “We wanted people to feel involved. [When] you have high-level individuals, the spouse of the vice president, wanting to come and speak here today — it shows that they value young people.”
Rae hinted at hosting another famous speaker at tomorrow’s second Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Caucus.
Watch the video of Dr. Biden’s speech below.