A Black Security Guard Who Met Joe Biden In An Elevator Was The First Person To Officially Nominate Him For President
After appearing with Biden in a viral video in January, Jacquelyn Brittany said she was honored to nominate the candidate she called a friend.
August 20, 2020 at 1:37 pm
A Black security guard, whose interaction with Joe Biden circulated on social media at the beginning of the year, was the first person to officially nominate him for president during the virtual Democratic National Convention on Tuesday.
In a recorded message, 31-year-old Jacquelyn Brittany, who shared only her first and middle names with the media, endorsed the presidential candidate as one who cares and will listen to the masses, The Washington Post reports.
In her nomination remarks, Jacquelyn called Biden a friend and a genuine person.
"In the short time I spent with Joe Biden, I could tell he really saw me," she said. "I knew even when he went to his important meeting, he would take my story in there with him."
Amid social justice protests and the coronavirus pandemic, the New York Times security guard dubbed Biden as the candidate best fit to turn the country around.
“Nominating someone like that to be in the White House is a good place to start. That is why I nominate my friend Joe Biden as the next president of the United States,” she said in the nominating video shared by The Post.
Upon meeting the Democratic presidential nominee late last year, Jacquelyn said she was hesitant about speaking to Biden on the elevator that day but ultimately thought it was her only chance.
“I kept thinking to myself, this was a person I want to lead the country,” she recalled. “That was my time.”
“I love you. I do. You’re like my favorite,” she eventually told the man who she would end up nominating during the party's national convention.
Honored to have won Jacquelyn's endorsement. pic.twitter.com/tGpNZjXacu— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) January 20, 2020
Unlike many of the "important people" that Jacquelyn escorts on the elevator at the Times building, the security guard praised Biden among the most sincere and inviting, according to the outlet.
She told The Post that a week prior to their meeting, she met Oprah Winfrey and wasn’t starstruck as people may have assumed. For Jacquelyn, what stood out about Biden was that he treated her with the hospitality of a friend.
“Once he came in, he was just genuinely, genuinely nice to people. We don’t get that from everybody,” Jacquelyn said.
The 31-year-old joined Sen. Christopher A. Coons, D-Del., and Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., in nominating Biden ahead of the roll call vote Tuesday night.
Even though she has watched past Democratic Party conventions, Jacquelyn said she was in awe at the prospect of being the first to nominate the presidential hopeful.
“I never thought I would be in a position to do this. I never thought I was worthy enough to do this,” she said.