How Dinner Helps Keep Joe And Jill Biden's Romance Alive

Barack and Michelle Obama might have been the most glamorous couple to call 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW home since JFK and Jackie, but we have to say, we are loving Joe and Jill, as well. It's always nice to see how love can, indeed, be lovelier the second time around, as both Bidens are on their second spouse. (Joe was tragically widowed, while Jill and her first husband divorced). What's more, it's striking a blow against ageism every time we see a couple in their 70s still hugging, kissing, and holding hands. Ha, who says romance is strictly for the young?

Still, as any power couple can tell you, it's kind of hard to find time for romance when your days are jam-packed full of meetings and speeches and trips and all those other command performances. So how do the Bidens ever find time to reconnect with each other now that Joe's back in the White House? Jill, or rather Dr. Biden, to give her proper title, recently spoke with Vogue and shared with them how she and the POTUS still manage some couple time amidst all the hustle and bustle.

Jill and Joe Biden like to dine by candlelight

The Bidens like to get outside the Beltway when they can, and fortunately, their home in Wilmington, Delaware is not too far away (about 120 miles from DC, via Google Maps). Flying in Marine One probably cuts way down on commute time, too, though Joe might be missing his beloved Amtrak trains. Still, these getaways are few and far between when presidential duties pile up. What happens when the Bidens are back in the White House? As Jill tells Vogue, "Because we're both so busy ... we have to, I think, try a little harder to make time for one another."

No matter how hectic their schedules have been, the Bidens carve out some time at the end of the day to have dinner together. They may eat in any of the numerous dining or reception rooms, and in good weather they may even dine al fresco on the balcony. We're not sure what they eat (though it's likely both pasta and ice cream appear frequently on the menu), but the Bidens always try to make their dinnertime together an occasion they can both look forward to. "It's just part of the day that we set apart," says Jill, while adding how they make these dinners special: "We still light the candles, still have the conversations, still put the phones away." So basically, it's like date night every night in the White House ... this is not only super-sweet, but somehow reassuring, as well.