Jill Biden says she, President, settles dispute by ‘fexting’

WASHINGTON – When President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden disagree, they don’t argue in front of other people. Instead, she says, they argue via text — “fexting,” as they call it.

Jill Biden told Harper’s Bazaar magazine in an interview her divorce from her first husband taught her to be independent and she learned that lesson her daughter and granddaughters.

She says she may soon be sharing the White House living quarters with a teenage granddaughter.

When Joe Biden was vice president, the couple decided to settle disagreements via text message to avoid fights in the presence of their Secret Service agents — and dubbed it Fexting.

After texting him recently in a fit of anger, he told her, “‘You know this is going to go down in history. There will be a record of it,'” she said. Messages from the President are kept for historical record. She told her interviewer, “I’m not going to tell you what I called him at the time.”

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The First Lady appears on the cover of the June-July issue of the publication, which hits newsstands June 7. Harper’s Bazaar said it was the first time in its 155-year history that a US first lady was featured so prominently.

Jill Biden was 18 when she married her first husband. But in her mid-20s, she was divorced, alone, and alone for the first time in her life. The breakup dealt her an emotional blow as she had idolized her parents’ union and thought she would have a marriage as long as theirs.

She finished college and became a teacher.

“I knew I would never put myself in that position again where I felt like I didn’t have the financial means to be on my own, that I had to get the money through a divorce settlement,” she said.

“That’s what I drilled into[my daughter]Ashley: ‘Be independent, be independent.’ And my granddaughters,” she said. “You have to be able to stand on your own two feet.”

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Jill Biden met then-Sen. Joe Biden in 1975, and they married two years later.

During his rise into national politics, she continued to teach, eventually becoming the first first lady to have a paying job outside of the White House. She aligns her duties as First Lady with her twice-weekly class schedule at Northern Virginia Community College.

Granddaughter Naomi is engaged and married Planning a wedding reception at the White House in November. Another granddaughter recently told the First Lady that she’s landed an internship in Washington and plans to move into the Executive Mansion for the summer.

“I’m going to raise a teenager?” Jill Biden exclaimed.

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