President Joe Biden's Granddaughter Naomi Announces She's Engaged to Her Longtime Boyfriend

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President Joe Biden's Granddaughter Naomi Announces She's Engaged to Her Longtime Boyfriend
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President Joe Biden is no stranger to the national spotlight, having been in politics from the age of 29 when he was first elected to the Senate. Now that he is in office again, the country is also is getting to know his family, including his wife Dr. Jill Biden as well as his children Hunter Biden, the late Beau Biden, and Ashley Biden.

But when talking about the Biden family tree, it's important to remember his grandchildren. In fact, the 78-year-old politician is in constant communication with them, even while social distancing through the pandemic. "Every single day, I speak to all five of my grandkids. Either on the phone, or I text with them," Biden told Anderson Cooper during a March CNN town hall, noting that his late son Beau's children lived close enough to stop by and chat. "We sit on our back porch and they sit out on the lawn with two chairs there, and we talk about everything that is going on in their day. And talk about being home from school. And who's driving whom crazy, and so on."

With President Biden back to the White House, it's likely we'll be seeing his grandchildren even more. In fact, five of his grandchildren—Naomi, 26, Finnegan, 20, and Maisy, 19—Hunter's children—as well as Natalie, 16, and Robert Hunter Biden II, 14—the children of the late Beau Biden—participated in the 2020 election, including kicking off the first night of the virtual Democratic National Convention by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

On the final night of the convention, the four granddaughters appeared in a segment discussing how much their grandfather likes ice cream, (they treated him to a pint the day he officially accepted his nomination) and how they encouraged him to join the 2020 presidential race. "Pop told us that this election would be totally different from any other election ever," Natalie said, but the grandchildren weren't deterred. According to Naomi, Biden "thought we were calling a meeting to discuss whether or not we wanted him [to run for president] but really we were calling it to be like, get in that race. Hurry up!"

That encouragement from his grandchildren eventually paid off, as Biden was sworn in as the 46th president on January 20, 2021. Although he will be busy leading the country from the White House, Biden still has ways of keeping tabs on his beloved grandchildren. In a TODAY show interview with Jenna Bush Hager, Maisy confirmed that their "pop" does indeed call regularly. "That's something that I feel like some people don't believe when we say that he literally calls, not just, like, one of us every few days," she revealed. "He calls me, then calls Naomi, then he calls Finn, then he calls Natalie, then he calls Ashley, and then he calls little Hunter." Even when they don't pick up, Natalie said their grandfather stays in touch through their "big group chat." According to Maisy, "after all of us may have rejected his call—on a day where we're all busy—he texts us 'just tried calling you guys, missed it, love you.'"

Here's what we know about the Biden grandchildren:

Naomi Biden

Born in 1993, Naomi is the oldest of the Biden grandchildren and the first child of Hunter and his ex wife Kathleen. Naomi is named after her late aunt who died at the age of one in a car accident in 1971 that also killed Joe Biden's first wife, Neilia. In 2016, Naomi graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts & Sciences with a bachelors degree, in the same class as Tiffany Trump. After college, she went on to get a degree from Columbia Law School, graduating this May in a virtual ceremony where her grandfather was the guest speaker.

Naomi is no stranger to the national spotlight, having accompanied her grandfather on numerous trips while he was vice president. She's also hung out court side with President Barack Obama.

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Photo credit: JIM WATSON - Getty Images

In September, the 27-year-old announced that she was engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Peter Neal, a University of Pennsylvania law student. "Forever ♡," Naomi captioned a photo of her and her new fiancé, which was taken in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

While quarantining together, the couple created a website to help people figure out how much relief funds they could claim from the coronavirus stimulus bill, the CARES Act.

Finnegan Biden

Although Finnegan doesn't have a public Instagram page, she does make appearances in her older sister's profile. The second daughter of Hunter and Kathleen, Finnegan was born 2000, and is named after her great grandmother, Catherine Eugenia "Jean" Finnegan Biden. She maintains a relatively low public profile, but has previously hit the campaign trail for Biden during the primary earlier this year.

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Photo credit: Ethan Miller - Getty Images

Maisy Biden

Hunter and Kathleen Biden's youngest child Maisy was born in 2001 and is close in age to Sasha Obama. According to the Chicago Tribune, the two became fast friends and even attended the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. "Her best friend is Sasha Obama," said Biden, who skipped an event during his primary campaign to watch his granddaughter as well as Sasha graduate from high school. "Barack and Jill and the whole family, we had a whole get together."

The 19-year-old has a talent for basketball. "Maisy's a real athlete, I mean for real," Biden said about his granddaughter's skills on the court, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Natalie Biden

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Photo credit: NurPhoto - Getty Images

The oldest child of the late Beau Biden and his widow Hallie, 16-year-old Natalie made several appearances during a video segment that played during the virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention, including one where she helped introduce her grandmother, Jill. "I would say she’s not your average grandmother," Natalie said, laughing. "She's a prankster, she's very mischievous."

Natalie was just a toddler when Biden first became vice president, and she grew up in the spotlight—often photographed with her doting grandfather.

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Photo credit: Drew Hallowell - Getty Images

Robert "Hunter" Biden II

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Photo credit: Joe Raedle - Getty Images

Hunter, Beau's second child with Hallie, was born in 2006. The young teenager doesn't have any public social media accounts, but he has made several appearances alongside his famous grandfather. In 2008, he was photographed in Biden's arms as he accepted the vice presidential nomination, and in 2020, he appeared in a video with the other grandchildren reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Beau Biden

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Photo credit: Tom Williams - Getty Images

Born in March 2020, Beau Biden is the son of Hunter and his wife Melissa Cohen. Named after his late uncle, the youngest Biden grandchild was present at the January 20, 2021 inauguration at the U.S. Capitol and was later photographed in his grandfather's arms on the Truman Balcony of the White House.

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Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla - Getty Images

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