Always proud to be Mr. Jill Biden. pic.twitter.com/YTWVhmOcfD— Motivational Biden (@MotivationBiden) June 12, 2017
Dr. Jill Biden received a standing ovation at the 2017 Tony Awards at NYC’s Radio City Music Hall.
The former second lady appeared onstage to introduce the musical performance from “Bandstand” as her husband, former Vice President Joe Biden, looked on from the crowd.
The couple appeared at the award show to raise awareness for U.S. military veterans’ issues and their spotlight moment echoed the time when former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama introduced the "Hamilton" performance at the 2016 Tonys.
Biden, in a gorgeous red gown, took to stage and announced the nonprofit organization Got Your 6, which works to empower veterans, has partnered with the Broadway musical “Bandstand.”
“In the armed forces, ‘got your six’ means, ‘I’ve got your back.’ I’m proud to say that the organization Got Your 6, which works to empower veterans, has partnered with the thrilling musical ‘Bandstand’ to highlight the experiences and talents of America’s veterans,” she said, as Joe Biden can be seen smiling proudly in the audience. “As the daughter of a World War II signal man and the mother of an army captain, I’ve seen how the scars of service can haunt even in the best of situations.”
Biden then explained the premise of the musical.
“As veterans cope with returning to civilian life, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen and discover the power of music to find their voice, their purpose and redemption,” she added. “I’m honored to say to our veterans on behalf of Joe, myself and the company of ‘Bandstand’ and everybody else here, we’ve got your six.”
The Twitterverse also went wild over the former second lady’s appearance at the Tonys and the hashtag Dr. Jill Biden soon started trending.
Jill Biden getting a standing ovation is making me equal parts happy and sad. #TonyAwards2017— Mackenzie DeRosa 🦋 (@MsMackenzieD) June 12, 2017
Let's be real: I'd give Dr. Jill Biden a standing ovation if she happened to walk into the same McDonalds as me. #TonyAwards2017— Charles Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) June 12, 2017
How stunning that Dr. Jill Biden received the longest/loudest applause of the night so far. #TonyAwards— Kim Schwaar (@kimschwaar) June 12, 2017
Jill Biden's standing ovation is everything I wanted from tonight #TonyAward2017— Brianne Stiso (@briannekaden) June 12, 2017
I hope Jill Biden knows I was giving her a standing ovation in my living room too. #tonyaward2017— Becky Morris (@becksontap) June 12, 2017
THAT WOMAN IS A QUEEN. Jill Biden 😍. #TonyAward2017— Sarah Gilbert (@SadieSarahG_) June 12, 2017