Jill Biden once stuffed herself into Air Force Twoâ€™s overhead compartment
NY Post, May 15, 2019
Sheâ€™s Jill â€œThe Jokesterâ€ Biden.
The wife of former Vice President-turned-presidential hopeful Joe Biden canâ€™t resist a good gag â€” which once led to her cramming herself into the overhead bin on Air Force Two, The Hill reported Wednesday.
â€œThe White House is a serious place, with serious people, doing serious work. If youâ€™re not careful, it can grind you down,â€ Biden, a college English professor, wrote in her just-released memoir, â€œWhere the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself.â€
She hatched the idea to pop out of the overhead compartment ahead of a scheduled flight to California during President Barack Obamaâ€™s first term.
â€œI had arrived at Joint Base Andrews early, coming straight from teaching my classes, and was the first one there. As I boarded Air Force Two, I looked around and had an idea,â€ she said. â€œThe overhead bins were small, but I knew if I scrunched up enough, I could cram myself into one.â€
Biden, now 67, climbed on a chair, stepped onto a table and pulled herself up into the bin with help from a naval aide, all while thinking, â€œFinally, my ballet barre classes were paying off.â€
Then she waited.
â€œWhen the first person opened the bin to stow his roller bag, I popped halfway out and screamed, â€˜Boo!â€™ â€” though it was hard to get it out through my laughter,â€ Biden recounted. â€œStill, my surprise had the intended effect: this poor soul let out a high-pitched shriek and stumbled backward into his seat, a look of utter shock on his face.â€