“I saw Joe as V.P. and how tough that was,” Dr. Biden said in an interview at her beach home in Rehoboth Beach, Del., in the fall of 2022, referring to Mr. Biden’s eight years as vice president. “But when I see what he does, when I see the table as you get off that elevator and I see a pile like this every single night with briefing books,” she said, placing her two hands apart for emphasis, “and I see him reading and writing, it’s a lot.”
But she said it was worth the effort to stop former President Donald J. Trump from returning to office.
Dr. Biden’s influence is felt in both the White House and the Biden campaign, and there is little doubt among those who know her that one of the first lady’s highest priorities is shielding her husband and family.
She has been directly involved in the hiring of members of his press staff and other senior aides, and is in most of his political meetings. When she does not like something, she points it out. Campaign aides and White House officials privately joke that if Dr. Biden is with him at an event, it is sure to end on time. (Mr. Biden is otherwise often late.)
Some of the people hired by Dr. Biden feel that her East Wing can be a safe haven from an intense workplace, because, as one person close to her put it, no one would dare fire one of her hires.