Joseph R. Biden III, 46, son of Vice President Joe Biden, succumbs to brain cancer

Former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of U.S. Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, died on Saturday, May 30, 2015 of brain cancer.beau

Former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of U.S. Democratic Vice President Joe Biden, died on Saturday, May 30, 2015 of brain cancer.beau

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.”

Vice President Joe Biden embraces his son Beau.

Vice President Joe Biden embraces his son Beau.

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 Biden with his family.

Beau Biden with his family.

“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.

VP President talks to his son, US Army Captain Beau Biden.

VP President talks to his son, US Army Captain Beau Biden.

“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.”–

US Ambassador to Jamaica meets with minister of foreign affairs, presents credentials


Mr. Luis Moreno, US Ambassador-designate to Jamaica, presented his diplomatic credentials to Jamaica’s Minister o Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Arnold J, Nicholson.

January, 17, 2015, Kingston, Jamaica:The United States Ambassador-designate to Jamaica, Mr. Luis Moreno, presented his credential letters on Tuesday, January 13, to Senator the Hon. Arnold J. Nicholson QC, Minister of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade.

In addition to the presentation, there were initial discussions on Jamaica and US relations, the recent shift in US policy concerning Cuba, and Jamaica’s fiscal tightening efforts in collaboration with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

After adding his support to the US policy shift toward Cuba, Minister Nicholson expressed appreciation for the opportunities and assistance the US had through the years provided Jamaica and the Caribbean. For his part, Mr. Moreno congratulated Jamaica on its progress with the fiscal programme and IMF collaboration. He also noted that he intended to promote an increase in US investments in the country and assistance in the area of security.

Both gentlemen also discussed the upcoming January 26 high level visit by Jamaica’s Prime Minister the Hon. Portia Simpson Miller to Washington. Prime Minister Simpson-Miller will participate in the Energy and Security Summit between the United States and the Caribbean. The summit will be hosted by US Vice President Joe Biden.–