The security guard at The New York Times who went viral last year after she was recorded telling former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPressure grows for breakthrough in Biden agenda talks State school board leaves national association saying they called parents domestic terrorists Sunday shows preview: Supply chain crisis threaten holiday sales; uncertainty over whether US can sustain nationwide downward trend in COVID-19 cases MORE that she loved him while escorting him to a meeting with the paper’s editorial board at the time is now set to nominate the presumptive Democratic presidential at the convention, The Washington Post reports.
The woman, identified by the Post as Jacquelyn Brittany, 31, will nominate Biden for president at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday evening.
“I never thought I would be in a position to do this,” she told the Post on Tuesday. “I never thought I was worthy enough to do this.”
Jacquelyn first drew widespread attention online last December after she was seen in a footage that went viral telling Biden, “I love you,” on an elevator as she helped guide him and his team to a meeting with The Times’s editorial board.
“I love you. I do. You’re like my favorite,” Jacquelyn could be seen saying in video at the time.
Honored to have won Jacquelyn's endorsement. pic.twitter.com/tGpNZjXacu— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 20, 2020
“Thank you,” Biden responds repeatedly before asking the guard for her name and whether she has a camera. Moments after, the two pose for a photo.
Around the time of the pair’s encounter, the editorial board had been interviewing then-Democratic presidential candidates before later announcing they would be endorsing Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenMisguided recusal rules lock valuable leaders out of the Pentagon Biden's soft touch with Manchin, Sinema frustrates Democrats Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves MORE (D-Mass.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharOn The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan Schumer, McConnell headed for another collision over voting rights Hillicon Valley — Presented by LookingGlass — Congress makes technology policy moves MORE (D-Minn.) for the Democratic presidential nomination in January.
Pressed about the editorial board’s endorsement shortly after, Biden referenced the viral moment with Jacquelyn, saying: “I got something better. I got to meet Jacquelyn,” according to The Post.
Jacquelyn told the Post she was nervous before speaking to Biden in the elevator that day, but she decided to speak to him anyway.
“That was my time,” she told the Post, while also adding: “Once he came in, he was just genuinely, genuinely nice to people. We don’t get that from everybody."
“I kept thinking to myself, this was a person I want to lead the country,” she also.
As a security guard at the Times, Jacquelyn has escorted celebrities before. The week before meeting Biden, she told the paper she got the chance to help assist Oprah WinfreyOprah Gail WinfreyCourt rules Prince Philip's will to remain sealed for 90 years Piers Morgan joining News Corp., will host new show on Fox Nation Royal family supports BLM movement, senior representative says MORE.
However, she added that she has never had the chance to escort President TrumpDonald TrumpMcAuliffe takes tougher stance on Democrats in Washington Democrats troll Trump over Virginia governor's race Tom Glavine, Ric Flair, Doug Flutie to join Trump for Herschel Walker event MORE before, nor does she have interest in doing so.
“I keep telling them, ‘If he comes, I’m taking off that day,’” she told the Post.