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The Biden Family Pays Their Respects

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Dr. Jill Biden comforts Vice President Joe Biden during a viewing for their son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden at Legislative Hall in Dover, Delaware. Standing with Dr. Biden are Beau Biden’s widow, Hallie, and granddaughter Natalie

An honor guard carries a casket containing the remains of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden as members of the Biden family, left, look on, Thursday, June 4, 2015, before a viewing at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Biden, the vice president's eldest son, died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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An honor guard carries the casket containing the remains of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden

Vice President Joe Biden, bottom center, leads his family to a viewing for his son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Walking alongside Biden are his granddaughter Natalie, from bottom left, daughter-in-law Hallie, grandson Hunter and wife Jill. Beau Biden died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Vice President Joe Biden and his family arrive for the viewing of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden at Legislative Hall before a viewing in Dover, Del. Biden, the vice president's eldest son, died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46.  (Jason Minto/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP)  NO SALES

Vice President Joe Biden consoles Hallie Biden wife of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden before a viewing at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Biden, the vice president's eldest son, died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46.  (Jason Minto/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP)  NO SALES

Vice President Joe Biden comforts Beau Biden’s wife, Hallie Biden

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Vice President Joe Biden comforts his granddaughter Natalie

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Vice President Joe Biden lays his hand on his son’s casket

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Jacqueline OBoomer

As our thoughts go with the Bidens …

People make the father smile
One heart to another heart
Helps him walk another mile
Briefly helps his tears depart

The loving son has gone on first
A proud family waves farewell
He was here but for a time
Until he heard the angel’s bell

Now they know they all can cling
To each other’s hands, not alone
Later they’ll smile in the knowing
God just called their loved one home

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A long line of mourners wait to pay their respects to the Biden family

Vice President Joe Biden, left, hugs a mourner as they stand near a casket containing the remains of Biden's son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, during a viewing, Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Beau Biden died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Governor Jack Markell speaks at the viewing of Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III in the Senate Chambers at Legislative Hall in Dover

Vice President Joe Biden, left, greets mourners near a casket containing the remains of Biden's son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, during a viewing, Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del. Beau Biden died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

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Governor Jack Markell holds a military medal awarded to Beau Biden

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Firefighters create a flag arch for Beau Biden’s procession in Dover

People stand on line next to a family portrait of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden during a viewing for Biden on Thursday, June 4, 2015, at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del.   Beau Biden died of brain cancer Saturday at age 46.  (Jason Minto/The Wilmington News-Journal via AP)  NO SALES


114 Responses to “The Biden Family Pays Their Respects”


  1. June 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    I simply cannot fathom their grief. Heartbreaking.

  2. 7 Dudette
    June 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Beautiful tribute for a beautiful human.

  3. June 4, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Heart is breaking. 💔

  4. 11 Dudette
    June 4, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    Lovely poem, jacquelineoboomer

  5. 12 jacquelineoboomer
    June 4, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    Chips – Thank you so much for using my poem here. And thanks to those who left such nice comments on the previous thread. I decided to post my poems on the White House memorial page for Beau Biden, too.

    Here’s hoping our Vice President and his family get lots of rest over the next two nights, as they are going to need it on Saturday!

  6. June 4, 2015 at 6:10 pm

    I’m drenched in tears … Major Beau Biden will be missed by family , friends and family supporters worldwide.

  7. 21 susanne
    June 4, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    deepest condolences to the biden family, and the countless people whose lives they have touched.

  8. 22 Nena20409
    June 4, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    {{{{{{ ❤ B ❤ I ❤ D ❤ E ❤ N ❤ }}}}}}

  9. 23 Nena20409
    June 4, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Brilliant Tribute, Chips.
    Thank you.

  10. 25 Nena20409
    June 4, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Congrats Tally on your Au ⭐

  11. 26 Judith Fardig
    June 4, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    These photos show such dignified,raw grief. Jacqueline, thanks for sharing your heartfelt poem. The Bidens are rooted in their faith. May they find solace from that and the outpouring of love and respect. Come unto Him, all ye that labour, come unto Him that are heavy laden, and He will give you rest.

  12. 28 GGail
    June 4, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Chips, that is so beautiful, I can’t look any more. I have one more interview to conduct and I don’t want to have red eyes.

    See ya’ll later this evening when I get home and can cry

  13. June 4, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    Video of the arrival of the Biden Family at the church where Beau Biden lies in honor:

    http://www.c-span.org/video/?326398-1/beau-biden-lying-honor-arrivals

  14. 31 susanne
    June 4, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    and now this:

    ‘ US government agencies have been hit by “massive breach” affecting the personal data of millions of federal workers, officials said. ‘

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33017310

    • 32 Nena20409
      June 4, 2015 at 6:28 pm

      That happened in Dec 2014.
      It is being made public now.
      Once again, China is the suspected Culprit.

      • 33 susanne
        June 4, 2015 at 6:38 pm

        wow– thanks, nena. sorry to be all hair-on-fire, when i’m actually just out-of-the-loop. bbc is running it as a big headline, but i should have known the tod ohana was way ahead of all that 🙂

        • 34 Nena20409
          June 4, 2015 at 6:45 pm

          😉
          Susanne……
          You did well by informing TOD. I was just adding more info as I learned them.

      • 35 57andfemale
        June 4, 2015 at 8:28 pm

        It’s being reported as if it just happened and the numbers will get worse. Even by lazy progressive radio.

    • June 4, 2015 at 7:18 pm

  15. 38 Nerdy Wonka
    June 4, 2015 at 6:27 pm

  16. 39 globalcitizenlinda
    June 4, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    life can be so unfair!

  17. June 4, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    This just hurts to see this family in pain. I lost a son who was a small child. To lose a child, or loved one at any age is a grievous wound that will always bring incalculable pain. I especially feel for those children losing their beloved father when they are so young.

    • 41 susanne
      June 4, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      i’m so sorry for the terrible loss of your son, bill.

    • 42 Nena20409
      June 4, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      {{{ Bill }}}

    • 43 hopefruit2
      June 4, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Bill so sorry to hear of your losing your son at an early age. I think this is every parent’s nightmare. No one should have to experience it.

    • 44 MightyPamela
      June 4, 2015 at 7:46 pm

      ❤ Yes, my father said the same when our sister passed, "your children are not supposed to die before you." I believe it is the greatest of human grief. ❤

      • 45 Judith Fardig
        June 5, 2015 at 1:33 am

        Bill and MP – so sorry to hear that you have lost dear ones way before their time.

    • 46 sjterrid
      June 4, 2015 at 8:07 pm

      {{Bill}}, so sorry about the terrible loss of your son when he was a child.

  18. 47 hopefruit2
    June 4, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    My heart just hurts for the Biden family. A father should never have to bury his son. Young kids should never have to lose their father. Sadness and tears all around.

    • June 4, 2015 at 6:52 pm

      Their mother, Jill, is quite bereft as well. She is caring for her grandchildren in such a loving way.

      • 49 hopefruit2
        June 4, 2015 at 6:55 pm

        Indeed meta. She looks utterly broken down in some of these pics, but you can tell she’s a pillar for her grand-kids.

  19. 50 donna dem 4 obama
    June 4, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    This is just heart wrenching.

  20. 51 Nena20409
    June 4, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    How on green earth does one profess ‘The Awesome USA’ and her ‘Glory’, yet one denies the basic, fundamental and the essence of a Democratic Republic …… denied by those who run for office to Guide Her Constitution?

  21. 52 Nena20409
    June 4, 2015 at 6:54 pm

  22. June 4, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    This man!!!!

  23. June 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Another milestone for us!!

    • June 4, 2015 at 7:07 pm

      • 66 hopefruit2
        June 4, 2015 at 7:16 pm

        What a bittersweet moment! Congrats to Maisy. Her graduation provides a welcome respite from all the sadness this family has been enduring in the past month.

    • 67 GGail
      June 4, 2015 at 7:10 pm

      Sasha will be going to High School in the fall – WHAT!!!!????!!!!!

    • June 4, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      Congratulation to Miss Sasha. Sasha will be 14 this month. High school for her next school year.

      • June 4, 2015 at 7:19 pm

        Congratulation to Miss Maisy too.

      • June 4, 2015 at 7:22 pm

        GGail, hopefruit2 🙂 🙂 a smile for each of you.

      • 77 0388jojothecat
        June 4, 2015 at 8:02 pm

        I attended my niece’s graduation this morning from middle school. She and Sasha were born the same year. I can’t believe how time has flown by. It seemed like yesterday she was heading to kindergarden, them middle school now she is heading to high school. She is a very smart, kind, and lovely young lady….just like the Obama girls and many young ladies she graduated with. My brother and I grew up poor and our father was not present in our lives. My mom struggled but we perservered. My brother and I were the only two to graduate from college. He married and is a very involved father and good husband. He married a wonder person, I just love my sister-in-law.

        I also want to give my love and hugs to {{{Africa}}}}. I am so sorry to hear that your husband passed away yesterday. Your TOD family is here for you, be safe taking your son to college, I know you have been waiting for this day to see him off to start his adult life. Prayers to you and your family.

    • 79 arapaho415
      June 4, 2015 at 7:15 pm

  24. 81 Dudette
    June 4, 2015 at 7:02 pm

  25. June 4, 2015 at 7:14 pm

    FYI Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children

    https://delcf.org/biden/

  26. 83 arapaho415
    June 4, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    You know that ((( @VP Biden))) is honest in this response to mourners. Such a grueling week for the Bidens.

    Reuters video at link:

    • June 4, 2015 at 7:28 pm

      I see the pain in VP Biden face, and Jill too. Even though we know that death is a part of life, that one day it is sure to come, it still is not easy. By no means is it easy. Lord be with the Biden family, give them the strength to make it through each second, minute, hour, each day.

      • 85 hopefruit2
        June 4, 2015 at 7:55 pm

        Amen Anniebella. Death is never easy, but when a parent has to bury their child, or when young kids lose a parent, it’s a particularly cruel thing. Joe Biden lost his mom in 2010. She was 92. It was sad, but not tragic. She had lived a full life, and had seen her children & grandchildren grow up, get married, etc, and was alive when her son become Vice President of US.

        But this is different. It just seems so cruel and unfair.

  27. June 4, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Seems like a fun, entertaining choice….any TOD fam familiar with this artist?

    Reminds me of a character/musician from HBO’s ‘Treme’

  28. June 4, 2015 at 7:37 pm

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  31. 92 desertflower
    June 4, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Well worth the read.

    http://immasmartypants.blogspot.com/2015/06/the-roots-of-mistrust-in-government.html

    I have a difficult time seeing the Biden family in this pain. It hurts my heart. Love and heartfelt thoughts go to them tonight.

  32. June 4, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    “The Israeli military sees potential security benefits in an expected international deal curbing Iran’s nuclear program, a senior officer was quoted as saying on Thursday in an unexpected analysis of the issue. Prime Minister Netanyahu has presented the planned deal as a threat to Israel. But in a closed-door briefing to Israeli reporters published in part by local media, the officer said the deal – if agreed by its June 30 deadline – could provide clarity on whether Iran is on course to a bomb. Western powers share Israel’s fear that the Iranians harbor ambitions to get nuclear weapons – something Tehran denies – and years of negotiations backed by sanctions have aimed to eradicate any such capability.

    The senior Israeli officer said that, for now, measures sought by international negotiators such as stepped-up inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities and scaling back of its uranium enrichment “allow for the supposition that, in the coming period of years, this is a threat in decline”. A military source confirmed the authenticity of the quotes to Reuters. They reflect wider thinking in Israel’s armed forces, where senior staff have recently made clear they were more worried about the dangers posed by Iran’s guerrilla allies in Lebanon, Syria and Gaza than its nuclear program….continued”

    • 96 Vicki
      June 4, 2015 at 8:34 pm

      It makes me happy to see support for common sense and diplomacy coming out of Israel. PBO’s path in this matter is clearly the right way to conduct ourselves in the Middle East. Bibi is isolating himself and i can’t imagine what he is thinking and feeling.

  33. June 4, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    • June 4, 2015 at 8:03 pm

      And the GOP wants fewer people to vote. 😞😞😞😞😞

    • 99 Obama Grandmama
      June 4, 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Hillary may change me into a supporter yet. I am not a fan, but liked her automatic voter law suggestion today being from Oregon and loving our system here without waiting in lines. I believe every eligible voter should have voting made easier not more difficult.

  34. June 4, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    • 102 Vicki
      June 4, 2015 at 8:43 pm

      Once again, The President is leading the way forward.

      Despite red-in-the face infants–Ed— yelling about trade as though we live in a vaccum,
      Not having a new and better trade deal will not accomplish the objective of raising wages in other countries. That is a battle that can never be won.
      Grown-ups don’t have tantrums and demand the impossible.
      PBO and other enlightened folks observe the changes in our world and respond to as many we can in the most effective manner we can.

      Just saying NO to trade gets you nowhere. Sorry Sen. Sanders. Your are wrong in your opposition to POTUS regarding trade.

      Put another way; We can’t stop the damage globalization has done to workers or reverse it. The best we can do is be a part of what happens going forward so that we may help shape the future.

  35. 103 Dudette
    June 4, 2015 at 8:28 pm

  36. June 4, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Take a moment to read…

    When Barbara Lewis lost her husband, Charles, to testicular cancer in 1978, the 32-year-old Delaware native had a 7-year-old daughter, a 2 ½-year-old son, no health benefits and no job. But she had one powerful asset: Sen. Joe Biden was in her corner. The Democratic lawmaker grieved with her, personally assured her of his support and deployed his office to tackle the tedious but necessary paperwork to help her get on her feet. She experienced a heartfelt, personal connection coupled with constituent service that brought the best of politics to her at the worst of times.

    She told her story amid the national outpouring of support for the vice president as he mourns his son Beau, who was taken by brain cancer at 46. As Beau lies in honor at Legislative Hall in Dover, Del., ahead of his funeral on Saturday, Lewis wants the vice president to know that some of the people he comforted in their grief years ago have not forgotten and are ready to give back…continued

    “Your dad beamed with pride and love for you,” Markell said. “His attachment to his parents is now a part of history.”….“Never has a son’s love been so genuine and so deep”… “I want to make sure you all know how grateful I am,” the vice president said to one small group. When asked how he was holding up, Joe Biden responded, “You guys are holding me up.”….continued

  37. June 4, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Have been out of pocket all day and just saw the news about our Africa’s dear husband..

    {{{{Kate}}}}

    My heart goes out to you and your entire family. Please accept my sincerest condolences…you are in my thoughts and prayers tonight.

    May God Bless the family of Africa and the Biden’s during this very difficult time.

    {{{JO’B}}} Thank you for the very touching poetry.

  38. 107 Vicki
    June 4, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Not news to TOD.
    The fact-free Politico advised its readers that in much the same way, Elizabeth W and VP Biden aren’t going to run for president in 2016.

    What?????? EW said about 100 times that she wasn’t running and her PACS have shut down.
    VP Biden has said he will decide on a 2016 run by the end of summer, 2015.

    Politico all-in for HRC evidently.

  39. June 4, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Dear Africa….My prayer for you and family is that you will be comforted by the precious memories you hold dear
    and that God will Bless and carry you through this trying time.
    (((((Love and Blessings Kate))))) Wishing your son much success at college.

  40. June 4, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    Riley just melts my heart.

  41. 111 Dudette
    June 4, 2015 at 9:18 pm

  42. 112 Dudette
    June 4, 2015 at 9:19 pm

  43. 114 vcprezofan2
    June 4, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    This pic is from Vogue 2008 but for some odd reason it perked me up – sharing with that intent

    from left: Senator Biden’s niece, Missy Owens; her mother, Valerie Biden Owens; Hunter Biden’s wife, Kathleen; her daughters Maisy, eight, and Finnegan, ten; Jill Biden and daughter Ashley; Senator Biden’s mother, Catherine (“Jean”) Finnegan Biden; Kathleen’s eldest daughter, Naomi, fourteen; Beau Biden’s wife, Hallie; and her daughter, Natalie, four. On Jill Biden: Ralph Lauren Black Label cardigan. Anne Fontaine shirt. Michael Kors trousers.

    Photographed by Arthur Elgort.
    Sittings Editor: Tonne Goodman.


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