Prank-loving Jill Biden once stuffed herself in an overhead bin
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Jill Biden says she has a passion for pulling pranks — and one of her most epic stunts involved cramming her body into an overhead bin on Air Force Two.

“The White House is a serious place, with serious people, doing serious work,” Biden writes in her recently released memoir, “Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself.”


If you’re not careful, it can grind you down,” says the community college professor and wife of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are' Biden: McCarthy's support of Cheney ouster is 'above my pay grade' Conservative group sues over prioritization of women, minorities for restaurant aid MORE. That’s why, she says, she decided to “play a little prank” during a scheduled flight to California for an event during then-President Obama’s first term.

“I had arrived at Joint Base Andrews early, coming straight from teaching my classes, and was the first one there. As I boarded Air Force Two, I looked around and had an idea.”

“The overhead bins were small, but I knew if I scrunched up enough, I could cram myself into one,” writes 67-year-old Biden.

So the 2020 White House hopeful’s wife climbed up on a chair, before stepping onto a table and pulling herself into the bin. As she was pulling off the Cirque du Soleil-like maneuver, Biden says she thought to herself, “finally, my ballet barre classes were paying off.” A naval aide helped give Biden a final boost and pulled the compartment’s door down.

“When the first person opened the bin to stow his roller bag, I popped halfway out and screamed, ‘Boo!’ — though it was hard to get it out through my laughter,” Biden recalls.

“Still, my surprise had the intended effect: this poor soul let out a high-pitched shriek and stumbled backward into his seat, a look of utter shock on his face.”

Biden — who says she grew up in a family of pranksters and April Fools’ Day fans — also details another gag she pulled on her husband while he was vice president.

On Valentine’s Day in 2009, Biden jogged 2 1/2 miles from the vice president’s residence to the White House. While the vice president was in a meeting, she snuck into his office with the help of his assistant and painted “big multicolored hearts all over his windows for Valentine’s Day.”


“When he walked into the office — accompanied by a senator — later that morning, I wasn’t there to see his reaction, but I know he was both delighted and embarrassed.”

“I’ve always believed you’ve got to steal the joyful moments when you can,” writes Biden, in explaining her penchant for practical jokes. “Life is difficult, and if you sit around waiting for fun to show up, you’ll find yourself going without it more often than not.”