- When Jill Biden touches down Wednesday on a five-day trip to Namibia and Kenya, it will be on her remarkable sixth official solo visit to the continent as a principal of a presidential administration, this being her first as first lady following five visits as second lady during the Obama administration.
Biden’s Africa trip has been in the works almost as long as she’s been first lady, with several attempts to bring it to fruition halted by various domestic and international events. “Africa is very special to her. She loves the people. She loves the culture. She loves the landscape,” said Michael LaRosa, a managing director at the Penta Group and former press secretary to the first lady. “She’s had powerful experiences there during previous visits, and she memorializes how much they meant to her in her book. So, it’s no surprise she’s going back as first lady.”