President Joe Biden And First Lady Jill Biden Have Always Made Family Their First Priority

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As Joe Biden settles into the presidency, the First Family are making the White House feel like home. They’ve decorated the private residence with "family pictures all around, our books, some furniture we brought from home," First Lady Dr. Jill Biden told People.

The Bidens have always said that their family is their first priority, and even though the President calls his children and grandchildren every day, he doesn’t mix business with family, especially when it comes to running the country.

In February, President Biden confirmed as much by saying his family doesn’t work in the White House, unlike the previous administration. "No one in our family and extended family is going to be involved in any government undertaking or foreign policy. And nobody has an office in this place," he told People.

All along the campaign trail, Biden's family has supported him. He's the father of four children, Naomi, Beau, Hunter, and Ashley. Biden had his three eldest children (Hunter, Beau, and Naomi) with his late wife, Neilia Hunter. After she died, he eventually married his second wife, Jill Jacobs, in 1977. They share Biden's youngest daughter, Ashley.

Biden also has seven grandkids, who call him "Pop" and share his well-known love for ice cream. Here’s everything you need to know about Joe Biden's children—and grandchildren.

Naomi Biden

Biden's daughter, Naomi, was only 1 year old when she and Neilia both died in a car accident in 1972.

Joseph 'Beau' Biden

Biden named his eldest son after himself, though he was better known by his nickname: Beau.

Beau had an impressive military career: He joined the Army National Guard as a major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 2003.

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Like his father, Beau also delved into politics and became the 44th attorney general of Delaware from 2007 until 2015. He worked closely with Kamala Harris, whose term as attorney general for California overlapped.

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Biden believed his son’s political prospects were bright, saying, "I was pretty sure Beau could run for president someday, and, with his brother’s help, he could win," according to The Hill.

Beau married his wife, Hallie Olivere, in 2002, and they had two children: daughter Natalie Biden and son Robert Hunter Biden II. Beau announced his intention to run for governor of Delaware in the 2016 election, but he passed away in 2015 at age 46 after a battle with brain cancer.

The death impacted Biden and Jill immensely. "After our son, Beau, died of cancer, I wondered if I would ever smile or feel joy again," Dr. Biden said in her DNC speech on Tuesday night, per The New York Times. "It was summer, but there was no warmth left for me."

And she also talked about how inspiring Biden was as he walked through the grief of losing his son. "There are times when I couldn’t imagine how he did it—how he put one foot in front of the other and kept going," Jill said. "But I’ve always understood why he did it."

Ahead of her father's inauguration, Ashley opened up about her big brother's lasting impact on their family in a new interview with TODAY: "He was such a fine man, and he was such a man of integrity, but he also had a fun, goofy side and a great sense of humor. I just miss being with him, being in the same room, saying nothing. He was 46 when he passed, Dad will be the 46th president."

She also shared a sweet memory of her and her dad feeling a spiritual connection to Beau while on the campaign trail. "I remember when we were in South Carolina, things weren’t looking so great, and [my father and I] went and found a small community church, we didn’t tell anybody, we just went in by ourselves, and sat in the very back," she said. "And the song that reminds Dad [of Beau] is 'He Will Raise You Up on Eagle’s Wings,' and all of the sudden in this small little church, it is the song. Dad and I looked at each other, started bawling, hugged, and were like, 'This is Beau.'"

Robert Hunter Biden

Biden’s second son, Hunter (he goes by his middle name) is now 51 and works as an attorney for a New York-based law firm. He’s also the founder of the venture capital firm Eudora Global and served as chairman of the World Food Program USA board from 2011 to 2015.

In 2014, Hunter took a role on the board of the Ukrainian energy company Burisma. Currently, there is a government investigation into Hunter’s finances. "I'm absolutely certain—100 percent certain—that at the end of the investigation, I will be cleared of any wrongdoing," he told CBS Sunday Morning in a recent interview. "I'm 100-percent certain of it. All I can do is cooperate and trust in the process."

In 2020, there were disputed reports about his connections and business dealings overseas, but they’ve been disproven by Politco, New York Times multiple times, and The Washington Post. And, additional unproven claims circulating on Facebook were traced to an anonymous internet forum that’s a known source of online disinformation, per The Poynter Institute's Politifact.

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Hunter’s personal life has also made headlines, due to his struggles with drugs and alcohol, per ABC News, as well as his divorce from ex-wife Kathleen Buhle in 2017. The co-parents share three children: Naomi, Finnegan, and Maisey Biden.

Hunter has another child (whose identity has been kept anonymous) with a woman in Arkansas, Lunden Alexis Roberts. The paternity of that child was the subject of a now-resolved 2018 court case determining Hunter was the father, according to the Texarkana Gazette.

Soon after Hunter separated from Kathleen, he began dating his brother's widow, Hallie Biden. "We are all lucky that Hunter and Hallie found each other as they were putting their lives together again after such sadness," Joe Biden told Page Six in 2017. "They have mine and Jill’s full and complete support and we are happy for them."

The couple broke up in April 2019, Page Six exclusively reported. A source close to the family told the publication it was a private matter. It’s still unclear why the couple broke up, but sources added that the split was "amicable."

A month later, in May 2019, Hunter married Melissa Cohen, a South African filmmaker, the Washington Post reported. When asked to comment on his family life for a January 2019 article in Vanity Fair, Hunter wrote in a statement, "The important aspect of my complicated divorce (like all divorces) and an equally complicated life, marked by the tragic loss of my mother, sister and brother is this: My father has been a constant source of love and strength in my life."

And now, Hunter Biden is releasing a new memoir titled Beautiful Things, which comes from his brother’s last words. In the book, President Biden’s son reckons with the addiction issues that have followed him for years. Recently, Hunter told CBS Sunday Morning in a television interview that he believes his addiction issues stem from the car crash that killed his mother, Neilia, and his baby sister, Naomi. "I am more convinced now that trauma is at the center of it," he said.

Hunter also said he "never" believed his father would "give up" on him. Following his brother Beau’s death in 2015, Hunter started binge-drinking vodka, and when Biden (who was Vice President at the time) found out, he "ditched his Secret Service" and visited Hunter’s apartment. "Honey, what are you doing?" he said the President asked him, before urging him to check into rehab. Soon after, Hunter fell off the wagon and became addicted to crack cocaine. "I went 13 days one time without sleeping," he said.

Watch Hunter Biden's interview with CBS Sunday Morning below:

These days, President Biden calls Hunter every night before bed to tell his son that he loves him: "Not only does he talk to me every night, he calls every one of my daughters, he talks to each one of them every day…he’s always done that."

Ashley Blazer Biden

Ashley, 39, is the youngest of the Biden kids. She comes to her role as First Daughter with decades' worth of experience as a social worker and public advocate. "I will not have a job with the Administration," she told TODAY. "I will, however, hopefully use this platform to advocate for social justice, for mental health, to be involved in community development and revitalization. I do hope to bring awareness and education to some subjects that are important."

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Photo credit: Gary Gershoff - Getty Images

Ashley graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans and got a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. She was the former executive director of the Delaware Center for Justice, a nonprofit advocacy group, and also a social worker for the state’s Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families, according to DelawareOnline.com.

Now, she’s devoted to her charitable clothing line, Livelihood, per Newsweek. Ashley describes her brand as "all-inclusive, non-partisan, and empowering" on the website. Livelihood pledged 10% of the proceeds from every Livelihoodie purchase will go to Community Development Funds in identified communities in need. She is married to Dr. Howard Krein, a plastic surgeon at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Joe Biden also has seven grandkids:

Naomi Biden

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Naomi, 27, may be the most prominent of Biden’s seven grandkids. She's named after her late aunt and is Hunter's oldest child. Naomi works an associate at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., The Washingtonian reported. She graduated from Columbia Law School in 2020 and has her undergraduate degree in international relations from University of Pennsylvania. Naomi joined her grandfather on multiple trips while he was VP.

She and her boyfriend, Peter Neal, created MyCaresActBenefits.com, an online tool to help people check CARES Act benefits eligibility. "It was a very intimidating prospect to figure out how to create a website, and how to do the quiz and code the calculator," Naomi told MTV News.

Naomi's Twitter is full of sweet mentions of her grandfather. She wrote: "I am proud to be your granddaughter every single day @JoeBiden. But tonight, I am just as proud to be an American."

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After Biden accepted the Democratic nomination for president, Naomi tweeted that she and her cousins gave their grandfather—who they call "Pop"—some ice cream. "Pop, tonight you eat from the box," they wrote in a cute handwritten note.

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In honor of Presidents’ Day, President Biden’s grandchildren presented him with a leather jacket embroidered with "Air Force One" and a tan baseball cap with the presidential seal in navy blue. "POP" is embroidered on the back, so he never forgets his grandkids wherever he goes.

"We bought him some swag since it’s Presidents’ Day weekend and he’s 'literally' President," Naomi tweeted.

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Finnegan Biden

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Finnegan, 21, is the younger sister of Naomi. She was named after Joe Biden’s mother, Catherine Eugenia "Jean" Finnegan Biden, according to USA Today. Finnegan has also been on the campaign trail, and even appeared in a campaign video for her grandfather, alongside Naomi and several of her other cousins.

She keeps a fairly low profile and is a senior at the University of Pennsylvania. She's been active in school politics in high school and in college. In spring 2020, Finnegan successfully petitioned Penn's administration to extend pass/fail grading options, per The Daily Pennsylvanian.

Maisy Biden

Maisy, 20, is the youngest of Hunter and Kathleen’s children. Fun fact about Maisy: She’s tight with Sasha Obama, according to the Chicago Tribune. The friends went to the same school and even played basketball together with former President Barack Obama (!!) as their coach. Her grandfather told The Hill in one interview that the two are "best friends." Biden also rarely missed her games, per Today.

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Maisy and the other granddaughters encouraged Biden to enter the presidential race. "We just knew he had to run, and we weren't going to take no for an answer," they told Good Morning America.

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Natalie Biden

Natalie, 16, is the teenage daughter of the late Beau and his wife, Hallie. She appeared in a video for the 2020 Democratic National Convention and had this to say about her grandma, Jill: "She’s not your average grandmother. She's a prankster, she's very mischievous."

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Robert Hunter II

Robert, 15, hasn’t been in the public eye as much as his older cousins, but he did join them in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the 2020 Democratic National Convention:

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Baby Biden 2018

Hunter has another child (whose identity has been kept anonymous as Baby Doe) with a woman in Arkansas, Lunden Alexis Roberts. The baby was born in August 2018. The paternity of that child was the subject of a now-resolved 2018 court case determining Hunter was the father, according to the Texarkana Gazette.

Beau Biden

Hunter welcomed another baby on March 28, 2020 with his new wife, Melissa Cohen. The baby is a "beautiful and healthy baby boy," according to Page Six. The youngest Biden was named after Hunter's late brother and his name was confirmed on Inauguration Day 2021, per People.

Champ and Major Biden

Let’s not forget Champ and Major, the Biden family dogs. Major became the first shelter dog in the White House after making a miraculous recovery with the Biden family. Unfortunately, Major had to return to Delaware after aggressive behavior in early March, CNN reported.

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When they fostered him as a puppy in 2018, he was not doing well. "[His litter] were very sick," Patrick Carroll, executive director of the Delaware Humane Association, told NPR. "They had gotten into a toxic substance. We're not sure what. The dogs were lethargic, vomiting, and hospitalized for a few days." Thankfully, the puppies recovered with fluids and medication.

In March 2018, the Delaware Humane Association posted to Facebook looking for foster homes. Caroll told the publication that Ashley came across the post and sent it to her father, knowing that he was looking for a little sibling for Champ. The Bidens fostered Major and returned to the shelter several months later to officially adopt the pup.

Major was "indogurated" at a celebration hosted by the Delaware Humane Association, where Josh Groban performed. Proceeds went to the shelter.

"Ready for #Indoguration," Naomi tweeted the weekend before Inauguration Day, along with a photo of the president-elect and Major. Awww.

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