Jill Biden joked about her staff, the Secret Service, and reporters who traveled with her on her plane, dressed as a flight attendant, and served ice cream bars in a disguise so good that no one recognized her.
The 69-year-old first lady, famous for her love of pranks and jokes, flew from California to Washington DC on Thursday.
While food was being served at the press pool, a flight attendant with short black hair in a black trouser suit, black face mask, and name badge with Jasmine on it walked through the staff, the Secret Service, and the press booths leaving the Dove ice cream bars.
A few minutes later, her senior adviser, Anthony Bernal, and her press secretary, Michael LaRosa, returned to the press booth smiling.
Jill Biden lands back at Andrews Air Force Base on Thursday after her joke
The 69-year-old was delighted to have pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes
Biden then appeared in the press section again, without her wig, announcing, ‘April Fools!’
Bernal and LaRosa reassured the pool that they were just as surprised when ‘Jasmine’ revealed her true identity to them.
Biden was “ visibly happy with her joke, ” reporters noted.
And it is not the first time that the teacher has thrown a smile.
“I’ve always believed you should steal the joyful moments if you can,” she wrote in her memoir, explaining her love of practical jokes.
“Life is hard, and if you’re waiting for something nice to come, you’ll find yourself missing it more often than not.”
Biden poses for photos with volunteers before departing Meadows Field Airport in Bakersfield, California on Thursday
Biden waves as she gets on the plane, about to play her prank
In her book Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself, published in May 2019, she recounts how she once climbed over a plane and jumped out to surprise people.
“The White House is a serious place, with serious people doing serious work,” Biden wrote.
“If you’re not careful, it can crush you.”
She then tells how she fooled the team on her plane during a flight to California, during Barack Obama’s first term.
“I had arrived at Andrews Joint Base early, right after my classes, and was the first there,” she wrote.
When I got on Air Force Two, I looked around and got an idea.
“The overhead bins were small, but I knew if I crumpled up enough I could stuff myself in.”
She then climbed onto a chair, before stepping onto a table and pulling herself into the trash can.
She said she thought to herself, “Finally my ballet lessons are paying off.”
A naval assistant helped give Biden a final boost and pulled down the compartment door.
Biden climbed on a plane during Obama’s first term to surprise everyone
When the first person opened the bin to put his roll bag away, I emerged halfway through and shouted, ‘Boo! “- although it was hard to get it out of my laughter,” Biden recalled.
“Still, my surprise had the intended effect: this poor soul let out a high-pitched cry and stumbled back in his chair, with a look of great shock on his face.”
She also said she played a joke on her husband on Valentine’s Day in 2009.
She ran two miles from the vice president’s residence to the White House and, while he was in a meeting, sneaked into his office with the help of his assistant and painted “big multicolored hearts all over his windows for Valentine’s Day.”
She wrote, “When he walked into the office later that morning – accompanied by a senator – I wasn’t there to see his reaction, but I know he was both delighted and ashamed.”