WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 29: U.S. first lady Jill Biden smiles after she read her book Don’t Forget, God Bless our Troops to a second-grade class from Malcolm Elementary School in Waldorf, Maryland, in the State Dining Room of the White House November 29, 2021 in Washington, DC. First lady Jill Biden unveiled the 2021 White House holiday décor today with the theme “Gifts from the Heart”. A variety of interactive viewing experiences will be launched on digital platforms, including Instagram, Google Maps Street View, Snapchat, and others that will allow the public to engage with the White House from home over the course of holidays. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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In an Associated Press interview looking back on her first year as first lady, Jill Biden says she hadn't expected to take on a healing role but she felt a responsibility to step up.
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