By Carmen Glover
Vice President of the United States Joe Biden announced a tonight that his oldest son, Major Joseph R. (Beau) Biden, former Attorney General for Delaware, has died from brain cancer. He was 46 years old.
In a statement Vice President Biden said: “It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother, and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity , courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life.”
The vice president lost his first wife, Neilia and 13-month-old daughter Naomi in a car accident in 1972. Beau and his brother Hunter, survived the crash despite sustaining injuries. Beau served in the National Guard and is survived by his wife Hallie and two children.
In a statement President Obama said: “Michelle and I are grieving tonight. Beau Biden was a friend of ours. His beloved family—Hallie, Natalie and Hunter–are friends of ours. And Joe and Jill Biden are as food as friends get.
“Beau took after Joe. He studied the law, like his dad, even choosing the same law school. He chased a life of public service, like his dad, serving in Iraq and as Delaware’s Attorney General. Like his dad, Beau was a good, big-hearted, devoutly Catholic and deeply faithful man, who made a difference in the lives of al he touched–and he lives on in their hearts.
“But for all that Beau achieved in his life, nothing made him prouder; nothing made him happier; nothing claimed a fuller focus of his love and devotion than his family. Just like his dad.
“Joe is one of the strongest men we’ve ever known. He’s as strong as they come, and nothing matters to him more than family. It is one of the things we love about him. And it is a testament to Joe and Jill–to who they are–that Beau lived a life that was full; a life that mattered; a life that reflected their reverence for family.
“The Bidens have more family that they know. In the Delaware they love. in the Senate Joe reveres. Across this country that he has served for more than forty years. And they have a family right here in the White House, where hundreds of hearts ache tonight –for Hallie, Natalie, and Hunter; for Joe and for Jill; for Beau’s brother, Hunter; his sister, Ashley; and for the entire Biden clan.
“I have believed the best of every man,” wrote the poet William Butler Yeats, “And find that to believe it is enough to make a bad man show him at his best or even a good man swing his lantern higher.”
“Beau Biden believed in the best of us all. For him, and for his family, we swing our lanterns higher.
“Michelle and I humbly pray for the good Lord to watch over Beau Biden, and to protect and comfort his family here on Earth.”–OnPointPress.net.