Inauguration Day 2021 – From Hunter Biden’s drug battle to daughter’s fashion line, meet the president’s clan

AMERICA met its new first family on Wednesday as Joe Biden was sworn in as US president.

Joe Biden, 78, a career politician, was joined by his family during his presidential inauguration ceremony at the US capitol – and marked his official tenure as US president.

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Alongside his family, President Joe Biden called for "unity" and pledged to be a president for "all Americans" – but warned of the challenges ahead as he takes on multiple crises.

Speaking at the US Capitol just two weeks after it was stormed by an armed mob, he declared: "This is America's day, this is democracy's day. A day of history and hope."

Here's what we know about Mr Biden's family members, who will likely feature throughout his tenure as the nation’s 46th president

Jill Biden

Biden, who won a long shot Senate race, met Jill Stevenson on a blind date that was set up by his brother Frank in 1975, according to NBC News.

At the time, Biden had lost his wife Neilia and their 1-year-old daughter Naomi in a car crash, and became a single father to Hunter and Beau, who were 2 and 3 years old, respectively. 

Joe Biden and Jill married in 1977 and had a daughter, Ashley, four years later. 

Jill, 69, worked as a teacher her entire life and got her doctorate in education in 2007. 

The next year, she became second lady after Biden became vice president for President Barack Obama. 

Hunter Biden

Biden’s sons Hunter and Beau survived the car crash after spending several months in the hospital. 

However, Beau died of brain cancer in May 2015, leaving Biden with only one son, Hunter. 

Hunter, 50, who graduated from Yale Law School, struggled with a drug addiction. 

In 2014, he received an administrative discharge from the US Navy Reserve after testing positive for cocaine. 

Hunter has opened up about his addiction, telling The New Yorker, “everybody faces pain,” and “everybody has trauma.”

“There’s addiction in every family. I was in that darkness. I was in that tunnel—it’s a never-ending tunnel,” Hunter said.

“You don’t get rid of it. You figure out how to deal with it.”

Hunter made national news in the weeks leading up to the 2020 presidential election when the New York Post published emails and photos from laptop allegedly belonging to him.

The Post’s story appeared to show Biden’s involvement with the Ukrainian energy company Burisma, which Hunter was on the board of directors for. 

The Sun cannot independently confirm whether the emails were authentic. 

Ashley Blazer Biden

Ashley, 39, got her master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and became a social worker for the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families. 

She also worked as an associate director at the Delaware Center for Justice. 

In 2017, she started her Livelihood clothing brand, making hoodies and other items to raise money for programs addressing income inequality. 

"I'm extremely proud of her," Biden said at a New York Fashion Week event.

"She's been trying to change the world since she's been 3 years old, and I think she's going to do it."

Howard Krein

Ashley’s husband, Howard Krein, is a plastic surgeon and chief medical officer of StartUp Health, a venture capital firm. 

He is also a professor of otolaryngology. 

The two, who met through Beau, married in 2012.

Biden called him “the right guy” for his daughter. 

Valerie Biden

Biden’s younger sister Valerie Biden Owens has been his closest political adviser for most of his career and accompanied him on the campaign trail.

She said she would call her brother “Joey” or “Joe” after he becomes president. 

“If he calls me first sister, I’ll call him Mr. President,” she said.

Grandchildren

Biden has five grandchildren: Natalie Biden, Finnegan Biden, Maisy Biden, Robert Biden II and Naomi Biden

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