First lady Jill Biden flew in to New York City Wednesday for a visit to PS 83 in the Bronx amid her push for higher teacher pay.
Biden, herself a teacher, arrived at the school on Rhinelander Avenue with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) in tow.
Biden traveled to New York after addressing the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy National Summit on Adult Literacy earlier Wednesday at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
“I think Joe is saying, ‘We have to pay our teachers more.’ And we’re getting more money to the schools,” the first lady said Tuesday on “CBS This Morning.” “I mean, they have to give more money to teachers. I mean, it’s just the bottom line.”
On Monday, Jill Biden, who teaches at North Virginia Community College, hosted along with her husband a “teacher of the year” celebration on the White House lawn.
The president is not accompanying his wife on her visit to New York.
He’s scheduled to travel to Scranton, Pa., to tout the bipartisan infrastructure deal passed by the Senate — which is being held hostage by progressive Democrats who want his $3.5 trillion Build Back Better social spending package passed in the Senate. That measure is being held up by members of his own party who say it is too high a price tag.
At the literacy event, Biden lauded Barbara Bush for her “tenacity” and “wisdom” and for the “legacy she created.”
”Reading is the foundation of all education. It affects every aspect of our society. And this group, which has done so much to advance literacy in our country, is a powerful testament to first lady Barbara Bush — how she was able to use her role to change lives for decades to come,” the first lady said.
She also talked about her role as first lady and how nothing can prepare you for the job.
“We aren’t elected. We have to define this role for ourselves. And we are thrust into the national spotlight in a way I know none of us could have anticipated,” she said.
“As first lady, everything you say or do carries more weight. And while that can be intimidating at times, it’s also what makes this role special,” she said.
”As Lady Bird Johnson said, it is ’a fleeting chance to do something for your country that makes your heart sing.’ I just love that,” she said.