Less than a month into her husband's presidency, Biden has already given us one of the most beloved and relatable first lady fashion moments in recent times.
Taking on the role of the first lady of the United States is no easy task. Despite not being an elected leader and having no official duties, first ladies are thrust into the spotlight by virtue of their husbands' political ambitions and then scrutinized from every angle. While this knowledge of millions of eyes watching and analyzing their every move would undoubtedly be intimidating for someone who's new to the job, Dr. Jill Biden appears to be taking it in stride. In fact, less than a month into her husband's presidency, Biden has already given us one of the most beloved and relatable first lady fashion moments in recent times.
The first lady got Twitterati doing a happy dance on February 12 when she shared a picture from her visit to The Sweet Lobby, a Black-owned bakery in Washington, DC, to pick up some treats for Valentine's Day. "Dropped by The Sweet Lobby earlier to pick up some Valentine's treats for the weekend. Shhh – don't tell Joe," she tweeted. While the sight of those delectable-looking macarons alone left us feeling warm and fuzzy, it was Dr. Biden's blue scrunchie that truly stole the show. The sight of a first lady sporting the popular hair accessory scored Biden some major "relatable" points with her followers on Twitter.
"So part of what I never realized I needed was a FLOTUS in a scrunchie," wrote @Mrs_Schwarzski in a tweet that has received over 5.4k likes. "The First Lady is wearing a scrunchie. She is truly of the American people. Thank you, Dr. Biden - we feel seen," tweeted @bfeigenbaum. "Love this. The first lady buying sweets for her sweet, looking beautiful with a simple ponytail held in a scrunchie wearing a fashionable coat that didn't cost a disgusting amount of money... she [is] so relatable versus Melania," wrote @wendyhaymichael.
She is a worthy and dignified First Lady. Once again, thankfully.— GaryH (@GHPerspective) February 13, 2021
You are such an amazingly wonderful woman. Thank you for bringing grace, elegance, love and a huge caring heart back into the Whitehouse. Looks like our President is going to have a sweet Valentine's day with his beautiful wife. Happy Valentine's day to you Doctor Biden!❤— Donna J. Scott (@deepblueporsche) February 13, 2021
Love .@FLOTUS in a scrunchie and in a soft pink coat.— victorhugo (@QueenBertRoyal) February 13, 2021
And this morning our POTUS in jeans with coffee in his hand. We hadn't seen this the last 4 years.
Also the first dogs Champ and Major.
Love them both.
"Dr. Biden with a scrunchie ponytail buying chocolate is the normal I need from my FLOTUS," commented @AullMarisa. Meanwhile, several Twitter users also praised Dr. Biden for supporting a Black-owned small business. "Today, Dr. Biden, the First Lady of the United States, was in my neighborhood supporting a great Black-owned small business. Ya love to see it," @cmclymer tweeted. "OMG, I love you guys! Jeans and dogs on the white house lawn, and a scrunchie while supporting local small businesses. You’re both rock stars. We are so blessed to have class in the White House again. It was missing the last four years. Thank you," wrote @GggirlMary.
First Lady Melania & First Lady Dr. Biden...— Jake Lobin (@JakeLobin) February 13, 2021
Be Best Is Best pic.twitter.com/mdW7PYFcB0
Speaking to Vogue about why a first lady's fashion choices have a lasting impact on the public, Lisa Kathleen Graddy, curator of American political history, reform movements, and women's political history at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, explained: "People have been watching the first lady and what she wears since Martha Washington. People have always had an opinion about [their clothes]. Why do we care what the first lady wears? She is considered to be the first lady of American society. She's going out and representing us across the country and around the world, so people tend to feel that they have a right to have an opinion."
President Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden visit Valentine's Day art installation organized by the First Lady at the White House on Friday morning.— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 12, 2021
“Valentine's Day is a big day. Jill’s favorite day, for real." pic.twitter.com/dADpQ59vR3
First lady Biden also set up a special Valentine's Day surprise for Americans on Friday by decorating the White House lawn with life-size conversation hearts displayed with words like "healing," "compassion," "love," and "unity." The cutouts were Dr. Biden's "surprise Valentine messages to the country" and a call "back to the days of sharing candy hearts between friends and family," her office said in a statement provided to the Associated Press. "I just wanted some joy," the first lady explained to reporters during a surprise visit to the lawn with President Joe Biden and their two German shepherds, Champ and Major. "I think things have been so — with the pandemic — everybody's feeling a little down, so it's just a little joy, a little hope, that's all."