Without doing much, Joe Biden has captured our hearts once again.
Most of us know what it’s like to lose someone. The hole that never closes up despite how many people enter your life after that one person slips away. When it’s the first time you do something without them, an activity that was only recognizable by the smile and laugh of that person you lost, and it slowly crumbles your reserve. Loss tears you apart, and then puts your pieces back together — in the wrong places. It is a part of life that is extremely hard to bear, and for Joe Biden, it shattered him in front of the entire United States.
Joseph Robinette “Beau” Biden died of brain cancer in 2015, when he was 46 years old. He was a kind-hearted man, father, husband, son, and public figure. After receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Beau went to Syracuse University, honoring his mother who had died in a car accident when he was two.
In 2006, the oldest Biden son was elected as Delaware’s attorney general. During his time as attorney general, he devoted his time and energy to convicting criminals of child sex crimes, and also fought banks and mortgage companies involved with distributing crooked loans.
As a captain of Delaware’s National Guard, he deployed to Iraq in 2008. He served for a year before returning to the states. He received national attention for his heart-wrenching speech at the DNC in 2012, introducing his father by recounting the tragedy of losing his mother and sister.
He was re-elected as Delaware’s attorney general in 2012 after declining to run for his father’s open Senate seat. His heart was set on becoming Delaware’s governor.
On May 30th, 2015, Beau Biden passed away surrounded by family. His fight, however, lives on. Joe Biden, since his son’s death, has taken the reins on defeating the cancer that took his son’s life.
Over the last few years, the former Vice President has devoted much time and effort to paving the road for new advancements in cancer treatment and prevention. Cancer Moonshot was developed, seeking to make ten years of progress on cancer research, treatment, and diagnosis, in half that time. He also created a nonprofit called the Biden Cancer Initiative. He’s turned his life focus from politics to medicine, all in honor of his son Beau.
What’s Happening Now:
John McCain was recently diagnosed with the same cancer that took Beau Biden’s life. On a television show called “The View,” Joe Biden was promoting his new book, Promise Me, Dad.
The memoir focuses on Joe Biden’s son and was a difficult read for the interviewer, Meghan McCain.
“I couldn’t get through your book, I tried,” Meghan McCain admitted, with tears in her eyes, “I think about Beau almost every day, and I was told that this doesn’t get easier.”
At that point, Joe Biden moved to sit next to her and took her hand in his. He proceeded to speak of his friendship with John McCain, and explained what kind of a person he had been for Beau.
“One of the things that gave Beau courage … was John,” Biden told her. “Your dad took care of my Beau .. became friends with Beau. Beau talked about your dad’s courage. Not about illness, but about his courage. There’s a lot of hope there. And if anybody can make it, it’s your dad.”
Joe Biden comforting a crying Meghan McCain has been a breath of fresh air from recent lack of empathy and increase of insanity in politics. This just goes to show what a genuinely good man Joe Biden was, and still is.
H/T: The Hill