NYT security guard who went viral for interaction with Biden will have prominent role at convention: report
The security guard at The New York Times who went viral last year after she was recorded telling former Vice President Joe Biden 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 Warren (D-Mass.) and Amy Klobuchar (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 Winfrey.
However, she added that she has never had the chance to escort President Trump 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.