Beau Biden’s tragic death left the nation heartbroken. President Barack Obama gave a moving eulogy at Beau’s funeral on June 6, reflecting on his ‘life of meaning’, before embracing Vice President Joe Biden in a tearful hug.
In a loving tribute to the late Beau Biden, who sadly passed away on May 30 at age 46 after battling brain cancer, President Obama, 53, moved mourners at Beau’s funeral to tears, including his longtime friend, Vice President Joe Biden, 72. The President’s eulogy touched on Beau’s incredible “integrity” while reflecting on the strong bond between the Obama’s and the Biden’s.
“Like his father, Beau did not have a mean bone in his body,” Obama said to hundreds of people at St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington, Delaware,according to CNN. “From his dad, he learned how to get up when life got him down.”
He reflected on the “cruel twist of fate” that tragically killed Beau’s mother in a car crash when Beau was just three years old. But from that tragedy, he learned to “live a life of meaning. He would live a life for others.”
“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 said. “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 could barely keep his emotions together, and he of course, touched on his wonderful relationship with Joe, who sat in the front row of the ceremony. “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,” Obama said. “I could not admire you more.” Obama then embraced Joe in a tearful hug after his speech.
Beau tragically passed away after battling brain cancer, his family announced last week. At the time, he was undergoing treatment in Washington D.C. after being hospitalized in early May. Beau was the Delaware attorney general and was hoping to run for governor in 2016.
Our thoughts and prayers remain with Beau and the Biden family during this difficult time.
— Julianne Ishler