Vice President Joe Biden and his family received support from President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and thousands more at his late son Beau Biden’s funeral in Wilmington, Del., on Saturday, June 6. During the emotional service, POTUS gave a tearful eulogy before embracing his longtime friend.
“Anyone can make a name for themselves in this reality TV age, especially in today’s political world. If you are loud enough or powerful enough you can get some attention,” Obama, 53, said at the podium, via CNN. “But to make that name mean something, to have it associated with dignity and integrity — that is rare. There is no shortcut to get it. It’s not something you can buy. But if you do right by your children maybe you can pass it on.”
Obama choked up while speaking, but spoke right to Biden and Beau’s family, who sat in the front row. “What greater inheritance is there, what greater inheritance than to be a part of a family that passes on what it means to be a great parent,” he said. “That passes on the values of what it means to be a true citizen. That passes on the values of what it means to give back fully and freely without expecting anything in return.” He continued. “That’s what our country was built on, and like Beau, that’s who built it. Families like this.”
Obama also mentioned Biden directly in his speech. “Joe, you are my brother, and I am grateful every day you have got such a big heart, and a big soul, and those broad shoulders,” he said. “I could not admire you more.”
As previously reported, Beau died of brain cancer at the age of 46 on May 30. The Delaware Attorney General was an Iraq War veteran, majored in the Delaware National Guard, and was awarded the Bronze Star. His wife, Hallie, their two children, and the VP’s loved ones also attended Beau’s memorial service Thursday.
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