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Jill Biden sits down with Soledad, says a sense of humor is important in politics and hopes to help kids deal with a parent's deployment

The second lady of the United States Jill Biden has written a new children's book. It's called "Don't Forget, God Bless Our Troops." It tells the story of what it is like for kids in military families when a parent is deployed.

The story was inspired by Biden's own family when her son Beau was sent to Iraq in 2008, and it's told through the eyes of Beau's daughter, Natalie, who was five- years-old at the time.

Jill Biden sits down with Soledad on "Starting Point" and explains why this book was so important for her to write.

"I realize that being a military family ourselves - the Bidens are military family - that many Americans did not know a military family and didn't know the experience of a military family," she says. "I wanted to really educate Americans and then hopefully inspire them to commit to an act of kindness. So that's why I put in the back matter so that people - once they read the books if the moms read it or the dads and say hey, what can I do. You know I want to help a military family that there are suggestions there for kids and for adults."

Biden addresses the polarization in modern politics, and says the GOP has gone 'way far right.'

Biden also responds to recent skewerings of her husband, Vice President Joe Biden, on shows like Saturday Night Live where they poked fun at Biden getting out in front of the president on the issue of gay marriage. She says

"You've got to be able to laugh at some of the things in have to have a sense of humor to survive it," she adds.

Filed under: 2012 Race • Politics • Veterans
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  1. Beth-O'Connor

    Jill is great and what a great idea for a children's book.

    June 11, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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