06
Jun
15

Funeral Service for Beau Biden

10:30 EDT: President Obama Delivers a Eulogy in Honor of Beau Biden, Wilmington, Delaware

Also live on C-Span


188 Responses to “Funeral Service for Beau Biden”


  1. 1 almablanca
    June 6, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Thanks as always to chips and TOD for easing the sadness of the day with fellowship unique to this site.

  2. 2 desertflower
    June 6, 2015 at 9:53 am

    Good morning everyone. I feel heavy with sadness today for the Biden family….if I could take some of their sadness away, I would in a heartbeat. I hope they feel the arms of a grateful nation wrapped around them today and evermore. I wish for time to more quickly so the pain doesn’t hurt so much anymore….it does get better, with time. Mostly, I wish strength for them. This will be a hard day.

  3. 3 taiping1
    June 6, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Thanks Chips and Nerdy Wonka for giving us space to remember, celebrate, and to grieve. You can see the pain on their faces. Always hard to understand why the good die young and the sociopaths endure. As interns in a county hospital we had a saying that survivability was inversely correlated with social worth. RIP Beau Biden.

  4. 4 JER
    June 6, 2015 at 10:01 am

  5. 7 PrayerWarriorforObama
    June 6, 2015 at 10:01 am

    Good morning everyone! Today, I join my heart to supportive hearts not only here at TOD, but also all over the world, to lift up the Biden family to Almighty God and the angels in heaven. May they be granted divine peace and comfort to endure today and hereafter.

    I pray also for President Obama, that the words he deliver at the funeral will serve as that well needed balm for the Biden family and all grieving hearts.

    Have a blessed day everyone! May the love that you transmit to the Bidens return to you in reciprocal measures.

  6. June 6, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Good morning everyone. This is such a sad day. For those of us who have lost a child, there is no deeper pain. My heart goes out to the whole family.

  7. June 6, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Good Morning everyone….

    My heart is heavy…

  8. June 6, 2015 at 10:06 am

  9. June 6, 2015 at 10:08 am

  10. 15 SUEDUVALL SMITH
    June 6, 2015 at 10:09 am

    INDEED…THANK YOU CHIPS FOR THE ABILITY TO BE HERE……………..

  11. 16 MightyPamela
    June 6, 2015 at 10:14 am

    ❤ {{{{[ Biden Family }}}}} ❤

  12. 17 MightyPamela
    June 6, 2015 at 10:16 am

    {{{{{ TOD }}}}}

  13. 18 mtmarilyn
    June 6, 2015 at 10:19 am

    My heart is aching for the Biden’s this morning. This is where I have to be to watch this with our TOD community.

  14. 21 SUEDUVALL SMITH
    June 6, 2015 at 10:20 am

    {{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{HUGS}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}} TOD FAMILY…THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT DAY!

  15. June 6, 2015 at 10:21 am

    How Reverent the music is…

  16. 23 arapaho415
    June 6, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Livestream has started here.

    TODville can be in the church with ((( the Bidens )))…

  17. 24 globalcitizenlinda
    June 6, 2015 at 10:28 am

    I love the Prayer of St Francis that was used on the back of the program for Beau’s funeral;

    I constantly rely on reciting it ever since I learned it as a youngster; I also love to listen to the hymn that is derived from it : “Lord Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace;

    very appropriate for this family and for Beau

  18. 25 carolyn
    June 6, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Praying for the Biden family in this sad hour. So admire all of them for their faith and courage at this time. Like others here, I hope they feel the warmth and support or millions of Americans during this hour. Also praying for PBO at this difficult time. He has had to comfort so many people during his tenure, and this is one more, so personal, loss he is comforting all of us. God bless him and both families.

  19. 26 JER
    June 6, 2015 at 10:29 am

  20. 27 vcprezofan2
    June 6, 2015 at 10:29 am

    May God bless, replenish, and sustain the spirits of each member of the Biden family as they go through today and the days and years ahead!
    May God also grant peace to all family, and friends, mourning the inexplicable loss of this family man!

    Sitting quietly in a corner of the village to say ‘Goodbye and thank you for your service, Beau’. I feel sure Beau Biden is travelling on the wings of love to his final resting place, and we are here, like one of the feathers within the wings, to help him soar on this journey.

  21. 31 Ladyhawke
    June 6, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Thank you Chips and Nerdy Wonka for this haven. Being here with my TOD family on this difficult day is a tremendous source of comfort to me.

  22. June 6, 2015 at 10:37 am

    The President and his family just walk in. I imagine they met with the Biden family for a few minutes.

  23. June 6, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Oh my gosh, bagpipes……so choked up.

  24. 34 globalcitizenlinda
    June 6, 2015 at 10:41 am

    there times when I feel the deep need to make time stop and rewind to a more recent past – this is one of those times;

    the circle of life can task the soul to a level that is unimaginable!

    Blessings and comfort to VP and the entire Biden Family and those who are holding them up – family and friends like the First Family

  25. June 6, 2015 at 10:41 am

  26. 41 desertflower
    June 6, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Bagpipes let the waterworks start.

  27. 42 Linda
    June 6, 2015 at 10:42 am

    cspan is showing outside . The Bidens have just arrived. Horses and bagpipes are playing….

  28. June 6, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Here with all of you …. probably won’t comment much … just had to be with the TOD community as we honor Beau Biden …

  29. 45 Nerdy Wonka
    June 6, 2015 at 10:44 am

    And here comes the tears.

    So much love for the Bidens.

  30. 46 carolyn
    June 6, 2015 at 10:49 am

    WaItching CNN outside right now…..heartbreaking. What I have noticed are Jill Biden’s eyes……just the saddest I can imagine…..she has cried rivers, and is holding in more rivers. she looks positively ravaged. Also, no Biden is left alone…..hands are held, hands are on shoulders or around waists…..It looks like Hunter is going to step in, much like Ted Kennedy did for Caroline and John. Also, have noticed that Hunter’s mouth is just like his dad’s, and has the same expressions. Joe just grabbed his grandson’shead and is stroking him………tears flow.

  31. June 6, 2015 at 10:52 am

    This poor family. Their grief will prevent them from remembering everything happening today. It is great that it is televised.

  32. 48 globalcitizenlinda
    June 6, 2015 at 10:52 am

    Beau’s kids and wife – what a sorrowful image – so much loss

  33. June 6, 2015 at 10:55 am

    President Obama wiping tears from his eyes.

  34. 50 0388jojothecat
    June 6, 2015 at 11:05 am

    I am here with my TOD family and in spirit for the Biden family & PBO sending virtual hugs, strength in prayer to sustain them through this sad time. I am crying just reading everyones observations.

  35. 51 GGail
    June 6, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Chips thanks for allowing us to attend the service remotely.

  36. June 6, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Hello TOD family , I’m here and have postponed starting my busy day until after funeral. I’m watching on c span which had two cans , one outside and inside. The Irish bagpipers and horses were tear jerkers…

  37. 53 Nerdy Wonka
    June 6, 2015 at 11:09 am

    • 54 arapaho415
      June 6, 2015 at 11:27 am

      Someone at yesterday’s WHPB asked Josh Earnest what PBO was doing yesterday (no public events on calendar) and Josh replied that PBO was having staff meetings and completing his eulogy for #Beau, which would be a celebration of his life.

  38. 55 hopefruit2
    June 6, 2015 at 11:15 am

  39. 57 globalcitizenlinda
    June 6, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Loved the preaching! The Father/Priest covered all the crucial bases

  40. 58 Nena20409
    June 6, 2015 at 11:20 am

  41. 59 Nena20409
    June 6, 2015 at 11:21 am

  42. 60 Nena20409
    June 6, 2015 at 11:22 am

    In Tennis…..Pardon me…

  43. June 6, 2015 at 11:22 am

    President Obama is again wiping tears from his eyes.

  44. 62 Nena20409
    June 6, 2015 at 11:23 am

  45. 63 jacquelineoboomer
    June 6, 2015 at 11:23 am

    When even the old priest is crying
    And the hands of the young people
    Shake with the newness of death
    We need to thank our lucky stars
    We knew of this fine man who’s going
    With the sound of bagpipers to carry him home
    We need to thank our lucky stars
    We can support the family he left behind
    With our love.

  46. 71 57andfemale
    June 6, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Last night driving home from work, I was listening to an album by Kristen Chenoweth and she sang “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables. I thought to myself, “Is there any more spiritual song than this, and it comes from musical theater? As simple and powerful and meaningful as Amazing Grace.”

    As Beau Biden was brought down the church aisle, this was the song sung.

    I swear to God, these were my exact thoughts last night.

    And the tears are flowing……

  47. 73 Nena20409
    June 6, 2015 at 11:25 am

  48. June 6, 2015 at 11:26 am

    R.I.P Beau

  49. June 6, 2015 at 11:31 am

  50. 76 Nena20409
    June 6, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I saw Jay Carney in the St Anthony’s Church. I was crying so much, I stopped watching. The Funeral is LIVE and playing, but I just could not watch any more. My heart bleeds and breaks for the Biden Clan.
    {{{{ ❤ + Prayers }}}} RIP Beau Biden

  51. June 6, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Each member of the Biden Family embracing The First Family.

  52. 84 globalcitizenlinda
    June 6, 2015 at 11:36 am

    Giving the sign of peace – poignant here because of the double-meaning

  53. 85 globalcitizenlinda
    June 6, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Too bad SoS Kerry broke his leg and couldn’t be here. He is one of VP Bride’s closest friends in DC

  54. June 6, 2015 at 11:44 am

    Lord this is so emotional … Tears , pageantry, fellowship…..

  55. 89 Obama Grandmama
    June 6, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I am watching the funeral and here at the same time with the people who care and love our VP family.

  56. June 6, 2015 at 11:46 am

    The Biden family and Obama family respect and like each other.

  57. 92 Nerdy Wonka
    June 6, 2015 at 11:48 am

  58. 93 globalcitizenlinda
    June 6, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Loved the priest’s invitation which was inclusive since it invited BOTH who wanted to receive communion AND those who wanted to receive a blessing ( but not communion) to come foward. Not the usual approach

  59. 95 globalcitizenlinda
    June 6, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Gentleman sings: “Be Not Afraid”.. Oh, I love this song!!!

  60. 101 jacquelineoboomer
    June 6, 2015 at 11:55 am

    Thank God the African-American choir showed up because – as a general rule – white Catholics, I know, I am one, cannot sing. I apologize on behalf of my Church for all the missed notes.

    Sorry – that was the Irish coming out in me. I’ll go back and listen now. I said it so you didn’t have to. Love you all.

  61. 107 Judith Fardig
    June 6, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Here in respectful communion with you.

  62. 108 Nena20409
    June 6, 2015 at 11:58 am

  63. June 6, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Judith has it right…. Respectful Communion , TODville.

  64. 110 sabreen60
    June 6, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    I was unable to watch the funeral live, but I’m watching it on CSpan. It’s very hard to watch through my tears. I don’t know if any of you will understand this but Beau’s children are blessed. They have many to comfort them. As a child I lost my mother, but I didn’t have family to comfort me the way these children are receiving so much love. I really think their family will really help them come out of this on the other side and eventually be okay. I really do feel their pain.

    Thank you Ms. Chips, NW, LL and all for letting us come here and share our grief and receive comfort.

  65. June 6, 2015 at 12:03 pm

  66. June 6, 2015 at 12:07 pm

  67. 116 donna dem 4 obama
    June 6, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Here we go!

  68. 117 a4alice
    June 6, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    a sad day

  69. June 6, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    President Obama is struggling to hold his composure.

  70. 120 jacquelineoboomer
    June 6, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    “A man is original when he speaks the truth that has always been known to all good men.” — Patrick Kavanagh

  71. 121 Judith Fardig
    June 6, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Dear President Obama, you have the shoulders of Atlas.

  72. 123 jacquelineoboomer
    June 6, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    “Like his father, Beau didn’t have a mean bone in his body.” — President Obama

    • 124 jacquelineoboomer
      June 6, 2015 at 12:22 pm

      [About Beau]

      “A notebook in his back pocket at all times, so he could write down the problems of everyone he ever met.” — President Obama

  73. June 6, 2015 at 12:22 pm

  74. 126 globalcitizenlinda
    June 6, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    Integrity and dignity defines the Bidens

  75. 128 Dudette
    June 6, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    Honored and grateful to be here my TOD family as the President honors Beau Biden.

  76. 129 jacquelineoboomer
    June 6, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    “And I said, let grief be a fallen leaf at the dawning of the day.” — Patrick Kavanagh

    http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/on-raglan-road/

  77. 133 globalcitizenlinda
    June 6, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    PBO: ‘Joe, You are My Brother”. Wow!!

  78. 134 jacquelineoboomer
    June 6, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    “The world noticed!”

    And we say thank you, President Obama, as we notice.

  79. 136 jacquelineoboomer
    June 6, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    “Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire.” — Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

  80. 137 mtmarilyn
    June 6, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Such a beautiful eulogy by the President Tears flow will cleanse the heart.

  81. 138 a4alice
    June 6, 2015 at 12:33 pm

    that was deeply touching. thanks Mr. President

  82. June 6, 2015 at 12:34 pm

  83. 140 Obama Grandmama
    June 6, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    OMG! I am more than teary eyed with a lump in my throat. How PBO could write that Eulogy in such a short time is unimaginable.

    • 141 SUEDUVALL SMITH
      June 6, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      PBO’S HEART NEVER FAILS TO SPEAK…………………PRECIOUS…PRICELESS……………THERE ARE NO WORDS….BEAU LIVES IN THE UNSELFISH…THE HUMBLE…THE COURAGEOUS…THE LAST IN LINE TO MAKE YOU FIRST!…THANK YOU PRESIDENT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA!…<3

  84. 142 jacquelineoboomer
    June 6, 2015 at 12:36 pm

    I love that Ashley is “introducing” Hunter, so that none of them are ever lost in the midst of the tributes for Beau. That’s what family looks like.

  85. June 6, 2015 at 12:36 pm

  86. 146 recoop2
    June 6, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    This eulogy is one for the ages.

  87. 149 almablanca
    June 6, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Without words for this beautiful service.

  88. 150 globalcitizenlinda
    June 6, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Hunter Biden seems so devastated. He, too, carries a huge burden in his role as uncle to Beau’s kids & wife

  89. June 6, 2015 at 12:52 pm

  90. June 6, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    It is to bad we don’t have people like beau in Congress, instead of folks like Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Louie Gomert and others like them.

  91. 155 hopefruit2
    June 6, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Indeed Cher…this was by far one of the most touching public eulogies I’ve heard.

  92. 157 jacquelineoboomer
    June 6, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    [About Joe]

    ” … we rode the train with him, for thousands of miles.” — Hunter Biden

  93. June 6, 2015 at 1:03 pm

  94. 162 donna dem 4 obama
    June 6, 2015 at 1:06 pm

  95. 163 jacquelineoboomer
    June 6, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I was going to write that I’d like Congress to pass one bill. A bill that would allow scientists to clone the Obamas and Bidens so we could each have one in our personal lives.

    But if we look around, we know – if we are lucky – we have people like them in our lives. And the good part about them is that they help us look around. They help us find our Obamas and Bidens, in our hearts and our towns.

    Look for love, like they did. Look for family, honorary family, and friends, like they did. It’s a lesson we can all learn from them.

  96. June 6, 2015 at 1:09 pm

  97. June 6, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    OMG, Chris Martin is making me cry all over again.

  98. 171 donna dem 4 obama
    June 6, 2015 at 1:14 pm

  99. June 6, 2015 at 1:22 pm

  100. 174 jacquelineoboomer
    June 6, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Okay, friends, I’m done for a while. I had sent a message to my own son down the street that I was “going to need a hug after this Beau Biden service,” and he just called and he’ll be on his way soon. Remember to look for love around you, here, there, and everywhere. See you later. Love y’all.

  101. June 6, 2015 at 1:23 pm

  102. June 6, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    i wonder if Boehner wanted to come …could he come….because of the succession of power…

  103. 183 vcprezofan2
    June 6, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    Thank you all for the company at this painful, yet beautiful ‘Au revoir Beau’ ceremony! Am signing off for a bit now.

  104. June 6, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Funny, our media. Switched to MSNBC after WH feed left. On air hosts speaking about the closeness displayed between PBO and VP. Never in recent history such a close relationship, according to the speakers. But, hey, we already KNEW how close they are. It’s their cynicism which keeps them unaware of what we already get. I am grateful we have these 2 as our leaders. All followers may pale in comparison if they haven’t learned anything from this day. Good day, TOD.

  105. 186 Judith Fardig
    June 6, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. Off to take a walk in the sunshine.

  106. June 6, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I knew I could count on you for beautiful photos of this sad event. Unfortunately I missed the live broadcast and I would really like to hear the entire eulogies rather than just the snippets on the news. I hope you will link to that if you find it. I wish C-Span would actually just replay it. I only caught the end and I was bawling just looking at their faces. I love these photos of the President and Vice President….that hug, that kiss, those tears….you can’t fake that….that’s a true brotherhood. Bonded for life.


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