Dr. Jill Biden Receives Standing Ovation After Her Tonys Speech

Dr. Jill Biden was an unlikely star of the 2017 Tony Awards.

When she took the stage on Sunday night, Biden earned a round of applause even before beginning her tribute to Americas veterans. Following her short speech,in which she outlined the difficulties veterans face in adapting to civilian life, she was met by a standing ovation from the Radio City Music Hall crowd one of the biggest of the night.

Biden was there to introduce a performance from the musical Bandstand.Set in 1945, the show tells the story of Donny Novitski, a musician leading a band of fellow veterans attempting to acclimate to post-war life in a competition for Americas hottest new swing band.

In the armed forces, got your six means, Ive got your back, Biden said in her introductory remarks, proclaiming her support for the organization Got Your 6. The group works to empower veterans by providing them with resources and opportunities when they return from military service.

Got Your 6, Biden explained, has also partnered with Bandstand to highlight the experiences and talents of Americas veterans.

As the daughter of a World War II signal man and the mother of an army captain, Ive seen how the scars of service can haunt even in the best of situations, she said.

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, Biden concluded. Im honored to say to our veterans on behalf of Joe, myself and the company of Bandstand and everybody else here, weve got your six.

Former Vice President Joe Biden was caught by cameras beaming in the audience.

And if youre feeling nostalgic for American politics circa 2008 to 2016, heres a meme that never gets old:

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