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The President’s Eulogy In Honor of Beau Biden

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“A man,” wrote an Irish poet, “is original when he speaks the truth that has always been known to all good men.”  Beau Biden was an original.  He was a good man.  A man of character.  A man who loved deeply, and was loved in return.

Your Eminences, your Excellencies, General Odierno, distinguished guests; to Hallie, Natalie and Hunter; to Hunter, Kathleen, Ashley, Howard; the rest of Beau’s beautiful family, friends, colleagues; to Jill and to Joe — we are here to grieve with you, but more importantly, we are here because we love you.

Without love, life can be cold and it can be cruel.  Sometimes cruelty is deliberate –- the action of bullies or bigots, or the inaction of those indifferent to another’s pain.  But often, cruelty is simply born of life, a matter of fate or God’s will, beyond our mortal powers to comprehend.  To suffer such faceless, seemingly random cruelty can harden the softest hearts, or shrink the sturdiest.  It can make one mean, or bitter, or full of self-pity.  Or, to paraphrase an old proverb, it can make you beg for a lighter burden.

But if you’re strong enough, it can also make you ask God for broader shoulders; shoulders broad enough to bear not only your own burdens, but the burdens of others; shoulders broad enough to shield those who need shelter the most.

To know Beau Biden is to know which choice he made in his life.  To know Joe and the rest of the Biden family is to understand why Beau lived the life he did.  For Beau, a cruel twist of fate came early –- the car accident that took his mom and his sister, and confined Beau and Hunter, then still toddlers, to hospital beds at Christmastime.

But Beau was a Biden.  And he learned early the Biden family rule:  If you have to ask for help, it’s too late.  It meant you were never alone; you don’t even have to ask, because someone is always there for you when you need them.

And so, after the accident, Aunt Valerie rushed in to care for the boys, and remained to help raise them.  Joe continued public service, but shunned the parlor games of Washington, choosing instead the daily commute home, maintained for decades, that would let him meet his most cherished duty -– to see his kids off to school, to kiss them at night, to let them know that the world was stable and that there was firm ground under their feet.

As Joe himself confessed to me, he did not just do this because the kids needed him.  He did it because he needed those kids.  And somehow, Beau sensed that -– how understandably and deeply hurt his family and his father was.  And so, rather than use his childhood trauma as justification for a life of self-pity or self-centeredness, that very young boy made a very grown-up decision:  He would live a life of meaning.  He would live a life for others.  He would ask God for broader shoulders.

Beau would guide and look out for his younger brother.  He would embrace his new mom –- apparently, the two boys sheepishly asking their father when they could all marry Jill -– and throughout his life, no one would make Jill laugh harder.  He would look after their baby sister, Ashley.  He would forever be the one to do the right thing, careful not to give his family or his friends cause for concern.

It’s no secret that a lot of what made Beau the way he was was just how much he loved and admired his dad.  He studied law, like his dad, even choosing the same law school.  He chased public service, like his dad, believing it to be a noble and important pursuit.  From his dad, he learned how to get back up when life knocked him down.  He learned that he was no higher than anybody else, and no lower than anybody else –- something Joe got from his mom, by the way.  And he learned how to make everybody else feel like we matter, because his dad taught him that everybody matters.

He even looked and sounded like Joe, although I think Joe would be first to acknowledge that Beau was an upgrade — Joe 2.0.  (Laughter.)  But as much as Beau reminded folks of Joe, he was very much his own man.  He was an original.

Here was a scion of an incredible family who brushed away the possibility of privilege for the harder, better reward of earning his own way.  Here was a soldier who dodged glory, and exuded true humility.  A prosecutor who defended the defenseless.  The rare politician who collected more fans than foes, and the rarer public figure who prioritized his private life above all else.

Beau didn’t cut corners.  He turned down an appointment to be Delaware’s attorney general so he could win it fair and square.  When the field was clear for him to run for the Senate, he chose to finish his job as A.G. instead.  He didn’t do these things to gain favor with a cynical public –- it’s just who he was.  In his twenties, he and a friend were stopped for speeding outside Scranton.  And the officer recognized the name on the license, and because he was a fan of Joe’s work with law enforcement he wanted to let Beau off with a warning.  But Beau made him write that ticket.  Beau didn’t trade on his name.

After 9/11, he joined the National Guard.  He felt it was his obligation -– part of what those broader shoulders are for.  He did his duty to his country and deployed to Iraq, and General Odierno eloquently spoke to Major Biden’s service.  What I can tell you is when he was loading up to ship out at Dover, there was a lot of press that wanted to interview him.  Beau refused.  He was just another soldier.

I saw him when I visited Iraq; he conducted himself the same way.  His deployment was hard on Hallie and the kids, like it was for so many families over the last 14 years.  It was hard on Joe, hard on Jill.  That’s partly why Jill threw herself into her work with military families with so much intensity.  That’s how you know when Joe thunders “may God protect our troops” in every speech he does, he means it so deeply.

Like his father, Beau did not have a mean bone in his body.  The cruelty he’d endured in his life didn’t make him hard, it made him compassionate, empathetic.  But it did make him abhor bullies.

Beau’s grandfather, Joe’s father, believed that the most egregious sin was to abuse your power to inflict pain on another.  So Beau squared his broad shoulders to protect people from that kind of abuse.  He fought for homeowners who were cheated, seniors who were scammed.  He even went after bullying itself.  He set up a Child Protector — Predator Task Force, convicted more than 200 of those who targeted vulnerable children.  And in all this, he did it in a way that was alive to the suffering of others, bringing in experts to help spare both the children and their parents further trauma.

That’s who Beau was.  Someone who cared.  Someone who charmed you, and disarmed you, and put you at ease.  When he’d have to attend a fancy fundraiser with people who took themselves way too seriously, he’d walk over to you and whisper something wildly inappropriate in your ear.  (Laughter.)  The son of a senator, a Major in the Army, the most popular elected official in Delaware –- I’m sorry, Joe –- (laughter) — but he was not above dancing in nothing but a sombrero and shorts at Thanksgiving if it would shake loose a laugh from the people he loved.  And through it all, he was the consummate public servant, a notebook in his back pocket at all times so he could write down the problems of everyone he met and go back to the office to get them fixed.

Because he was a Biden, the titles that come with family -– husband, father, son, brother, uncle -– those were the ones Beau valued above any other.  This was a man who, at the Democratic National Convention, didn’t spend all his time in backrooms with donors or glad-handing.  Instead, he rode the escalators in the arena with his son, up and down, up and down, again and again, knowing, just like Joe had learned, what ultimately mattered in life.

You know, anyone can make a name for themselves in this reality TV age, especially in today’s politics.  If you’re loud enough or controversial enough, you can get some attention.  But to make that name mean something, to have it associated with dignity and integrity –- that is rare.  There’s 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.  And what greater inheritance is there?  What greater inheritance than to be part of a family that passes on the values of what it means to be a great parent; that passes on the values of what it means to be a true citizen; that passes on the values of what it means to give back, fully and freely, without expecting anything in return?

That’s what our country was built on –- men like Beau.  That’s who built it –- families like this.  We don’t have kings or queens or lords.  We don’t have to be born into money to have an impact.  We don’t have to step on one another to be successful.  We have this remarkable privilege of being able to earn what we get out of life, with the knowledge that we are no higher than anybody else, or lower than anybody else.  We know this not just because it is in our founding documents, but because families like the Bidens have made it so, because people like Beau have made it so.

He did in 46 years what most of us couldn’t do in 146.  He left nothing in the tank.  He was a man who led a life where the means were as important as the ends.  And the example he set made you want to be a better dad, or a better son, or a better brother or sister, better at your job, the better soldier.  He made you want to be a better person.  Isn’t that finally the measure of a man -– the way he lives, how he treats others, no matter what life may throw at him?

We do not know how long we’ve got here.  We don’t know when fate will intervene.  We cannot discern God’s plan.  What we do know is that with every minute that we’ve got, we can live our lives in a way that takes nothing for granted.  We can love deeply.  We can help people who need help.  We can teach our children what matters, and pass on empathy and compassion and selflessness.  We can teach them to have broad shoulders.

To the Biden family, this sprawling, intimate clan –- I know that Beau’s passing has left a gaping void in the world.  Hallie, I can only imagine the burdens that you’ve been carrying on your shoulders these past couple of years.  And it’s because you gave him everything that he could give everything to us.  And just as you were there for him, we’ll be there for you.

To Natalie and Hunter –- there aren’t words big enough to describe how much your dad loved you, how much he loved your mom.  But I will tell you what, Michelle and I and Sasha and Malia, we’ve become part of the Biden clan.  We’re honorary members now.  And the Biden family rule applies.  We’re always here for you, we always will be — my word as a Biden.  (Laughter.)

To Joe and Jill –- just like everybody else here, Michelle and I thank God you are in our lives.  Taking this ride with you is one of the great pleasures of our lives.  Joe, you are my brother.  And I’m grateful every day that you’ve got such a big heart, and a big soul, and those broad shoulders.  I couldn’t admire you more.

I got to know Joe’s mom, Catherine Eugenia Finnegan Biden, before she passed away.  She was on stage with us when we were first elected.  And I know she told Joe once that out of everything bad that happens to you, something good will come if you look hard enough.  And I suppose she was channeling that same Irish poet with whom I began today, Patrick Kavanagh, when he wrote, “And I said, let grief be a fallen leaf at the dawning of the day.”

As hard as it is right now, through all the heartache and through all the tears, it is our obligation to Beau to think not about what was and what might have been, but instead to think about what is, because of him.  Think about the day that dawns for children who are safer because of Beau, whose lives are fuller, because of him.  Think about the day that dawns for parents who rest easier, and families who are freer, because of him.  Some folks may never know that their lives are better because of Beau Biden.  But that’s okay.  Certainly for Beau, acclaim was never the point of public service.

But the lines of well-wishers who’ve been here all week — they know.  The White House mailroom that’s been overflowing with letters from people — those folks know.  The soldiers who served with Beau, who joined the National Guard because of him.  The workers at Verdi’s who still have their home because of him, and who thanked him for helping them bus tables one busy night.  The students in Newark who remember the time he talked with them for hours, inexhaustible, even after giving a speech, even after taking his National Guard fitness test.  The Rehoboth woman who’s saved a kind voicemail from him for five years, and wrote to say “I loved the way he loved his family.”  And the stranger who wrote from halfway across this great country just to say, “The only thing we can hope for is that our children make us proud by making a difference in the world.  Beau has done that and then some.  The world noticed.”

Jill, Joe, Hallie, Hunter and Natalie — the world noticed.  They noticed.  They felt it, his presence.  And Beau lives on in the lives of others.  And isn’t that the whole point of our time here?  To make this country we love fairer and more just, not just for Natalie and Hunter, or Naomi, or Finnegan, or Maisy, or Malia, or Sasha, but for every child?  Isn’t that what this amazing journey we’ve been on is all about -– to make life better for the next generation?

Beau figured that out so early in life.  What an inheritance Beau left us.  What an example he set.

“Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire,” said Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.  “But, above all, we have learned that whether a man accepts from Fortune her spade, and will look downward and dig, or from Aspiration her axe and cord, and will scale the ice, the one and only success which it is his to command is to bring to his work a mighty heart.”

@PeteSouza

Beau Biden brought to his work a mighty heart.  He brought to his family a mighty heart.  What a good man.  What an original.

May God bless his memory, and the lives of all he touched.

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146 Responses to “The President’s Eulogy In Honor of Beau Biden”


  1. 1 Carol
    June 6, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Sad day!

  2. June 6, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    Computer not loading. BBL

  3. June 6, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Wow. That is how I hope to one day live my life.

  4. 6 Nena20409
    June 6, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    This is Epic, Chips. It is unbeatable. It is a Golden Tribute.
    🍸
    Brilliant. Thank you so much.

  5. 7 idon
    June 6, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    This is so very very sad.

  6. 8 SUEDUVALL SMITH
    June 6, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    THESE PHOTOS TELL IT ALL…………:(…AND THEN PBO LEAVES FOR THE SUMMIT…I DON’T KNOW HOW HE DOES IT!…PRAYERS FOR SAFETY AND COMFORT FOR ALL OF THOSE WHO JOURNEY TODAY AND TOMORROW.

  7. 10 Nena20409
    June 6, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    A 2mins Video from CNN today.

  8. June 6, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    The pictures are heartbreaking

  9. June 6, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Congrats Carol!!

    {{{{Chips}}}} – stellar tribute. Thank you

  10. 13 SUEDUVALL SMITH
    June 6, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    IT’S TIMES LIKE THIS THAT REALLY MAKE YOU FEEL INADEQUATE BECAUSE THERE ARE NO WORDS!…BBL………………..

  11. June 6, 2015 at 4:48 pm

  12. June 6, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    My heart is full today. Had to take a walk after this wonderful memorial just to gather my thoughts and emotions.
    Thank you dear CHIPS for capturing this moment both in writing and video. You are special.
    VP Joe breaks my heart more than anyone else. The pain he carries is so visible and looks so unbearable.
    I am so glad that our Comforter-in Chief has been by his side every step of the way. May God bless both
    these outstanding leaders and keep them safe as they continue their journey fighting for us, the common man.
    ((((VP JOE)))) ((((POTUS)))).

  13. June 6, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Not a moment’s rest….

    • 18 GGail
      June 6, 2015 at 5:10 pm

      Safe travels Mr. President and thank you for all that you do!

    • June 6, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      May the good Lord watch over our President, give him strength, keep him safe. I wish he didn’t have to leave so soon after the Beau’s funeral, but he has work to do.

      • 20 SUEDUVALL SMITH
        June 6, 2015 at 5:36 pm

        ME EITHER…THAT’S ALOT OF STRESS ON AN ALREADY QUITE BROKEN HEART!…..PRAYERS FOR HIS JOURNEY AND SOME REST….YOU ARE LOVED MR. PRESIDENT…THANK YOU FOR YOUR OPEN HEART TODAY…SOMETHING TELLS ME BEAU HEARD EVERY WORD!

    • 21 arapaho415
      June 6, 2015 at 5:18 pm

  14. 22 MightyPamela
    June 6, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    ❤ "The one and only success which it is his to command is to bring to his work a mighty heart." ❤ Two finer examples of this we could not be more blessed to have leading this country in these critical times. ❤

  15. June 6, 2015 at 5:05 pm

  16. June 6, 2015 at 5:07 pm

  17. June 6, 2015 at 5:07 pm

  18. 30 GGail
    June 6, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    I’ve finally watched the service. It was beautiful. I tried to watch it and read y’alls comments as it was occurring in real time, but, I was at the hairdresser and I kept welling up so I just shut TOD off completely until I arrived home. I’ve had my cry. POTUS was excellent and moving, bless him for being there for the Biden family. Ashley and Hunter also brought me to tears.

  19. June 6, 2015 at 5:08 pm

  20. 33 GGail
    June 6, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    The photo of PBO giving VP Joe a hug and a kiss is only part of the picture. It was VP Joe who first kissed PBO and what is captured in picture is PBO returning the kiss.

  21. 34 arapaho415
    June 6, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Despite the tears that were flowing after Hunter and Ashley’s eulogies to their brother, their speeches made me feel so much better for Joe, Jill, Hailie, Natalie, Hunter (the younger) and all the Bidens.

    Palpable love and support within that wonderful family.

    Everyone will be OK, and their memories are beyond full of joyous memories of their son/brother/father.

    Mentioned this on the previous thread, but can you imagine having an Uncle Hunter and Aunt Ashley? You’d grow up thinking that all Aunts and Uncles were accomplished and drop-dead gorgeous.

    • 35 Betsy
      June 6, 2015 at 8:59 pm

      Does anyone know if that was recorded too. I’ve only been able to see PBOs wonderful eulogy.

      • 36 arapaho415
        June 6, 2015 at 11:35 pm

        Sorry for the delay, Betsy — I think you’re in SoCal, so it isn’t almost midnight for you.

        This video is almost 3 hrs long, so I think it includes Hunter and Ashley’s eulogies — you should be able to forward to their portion.
        http://www.c-span.org/video/?326426-1/funeral-mass-beau-biden

        Impossible not to cry while listening to their heartfelt remembrances of their incredible brother — but at the same time, you can see what an amazing family Joe has nurtured and raised and know that all of them have each other.

  22. June 6, 2015 at 5:23 pm

  23. June 6, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    First family arriving home before President Obama depart for the G7 in Germany

    Image and video hosting by TinyPic

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  24. 42 Judith Fardig
    June 6, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    After this week, I fervently hope all the media outlets will drop their craven memes about Joe Biden being foolish and Barack Obama being cold. The truth we at TOD have always known is plain for all to observe: there has never been a more affectionate, cooperative, smart pair as President and Vice President EVER. We are so lucky to have them and should cherish every day they lead us.

  25. June 6, 2015 at 5:33 pm

  26. June 6, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    The President’s G7 itinerary:

    All times CEST (+ 6 hours Eastern; + 9 hours Pacific)

    Sunday, June 7, 2015

    6:55AM THE PRESIDENT arrives in Germany
    Munich Airport, Munich, Germany
    Open Press

    10:25AM THE PRESIDENT participates in an event with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
    Krün, Germany
    Open Press

    10:55AM THE PRESIDENT participates in a walk with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
    Krün, Germany
    Travel Pool Coverage

    11:55AM THE PRESIDENT holds a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
    Schloss Elmau, Krün, Germany
    Closed Press

    1:10PM THE PRESIDENT participates in the G-7 arrival ceremony
    Schloss Elmau, Krün, Germany
    Travel Pool Coverage

    1:30PM THE PRESIDENT attends a G-7 meeting on the global economy
    Schloss Elmau, Krün, Germany
    Limited G-7 Pool Spray at the Top

    3:00PM THE PRESIDENT attends a G-7 meeting on trade
    Schloss Elmau, Krün, Germany
    Closed Press

    4:45PM THE PRESIDENT joins G-7 leaders for a family photo
    Schloss Elmau, Krün, Germany
    Travel Pool Coverage

    7:30PM THE PRESIDENT attends a cultural performance
    Schloss Elmau, Krün, Germany
    Closed Press

    8:30PM THE PRESIDENT attends a G-7 working dinner
    Schloss Elmau, Krün, Germany
    Closed Press

    Briefing Schedule

    6:00PM Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest at the Interalpen Hotel

  27. June 6, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    thank you, TOD, for your coverage of Beau Biden’s funeral.

  28. June 6, 2015 at 5:38 pm

  29. June 6, 2015 at 5:40 pm
  30. 54 sjterrid
    June 6, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Thank you Chips for posting the pictures and eulogy the President gave for Beau Biden. I’ll have to listen to it later.

    I pray the President has a safe trip to Germany for the G-7 summit.

  31. 56 arapaho415
    June 6, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Gorgeous.

    • 57 carolyn
      June 6, 2015 at 6:24 pm

      So glad POTUS will be staying in this beauty. I hope he enjoys inhaling that crisp, Alpine air, which I know he will. That good mountain air will refresh and revive him.

  32. 58 sherijr
    June 6, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    I just couldn’t watch this morning, too close to our family’s loss recently.. so I’m so grateful that you’ve posted the video and I can watch when I’m ready. Thank you Chips.

  33. 63 sabreen60
    June 6, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    I think this is the first time I have really exhaled today. So sad. But what a wonderful tribute to a wonderful man.

  34. June 6, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    The service was beautiful, PBO’s speech is even more moving when read again.

  35. 65 a4alice
    June 6, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    Chips thanks a million for the coverage – the pics you posted are so moving. What a heart breaking loss for this family and VP Joe Biden.

  36. June 6, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Belmont Stakes: American Pharoah Seeks to Win Triple Crown in Saturday’s Horse Race
    American Pharoah drew the No. 5 post on Wednesday. If he wins, he will become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978. The race is scheduled to begin at 6:50 p.m. EDT.

    Imagine that

  37. 79 Nena20409
    June 6, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    • 80 Nena20409
      June 6, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      I heard last night that the American Pharaoh is owned by an Egyptian American…….I hope he is a Muslim American…….Heads will explode in the rightie circle.

      • June 6, 2015 at 6:59 pm

        🙂 That and Serena winning yet another grand slam would complete their day!

      • 84 Nena20409
        June 6, 2015 at 6:59 pm

        Ahmed Zaid is the owner!
        He’s a Muslim! YES!

      • June 6, 2015 at 7:01 pm

        Ah, just checked Nena – he’s Jewish. I’m displaying my ignorance now, never suspected an Egyptian called Ahmed Zayat would be Jewish 😕

        • 88 MightyPamela
          June 6, 2015 at 7:04 pm

          This is the New Age, Chipsticks, boundaries and separative means of identifying us is shifting, fading, falling away. Thankfully! Amen! ❤

          • June 6, 2015 at 7:22 pm

            Sadly it’s not a new age just yet in many parts of the world, MightyP. Just looked up Wiki on the Jewish population in Egypt – I suspected it would be small, particularly because of hostilities with Israel over the years, but not this small (most left because of Anti-semitism):

            In 2014, Nadia Haroun, 59, then the deputy Egyptian Jewish community head and the community’s youngest member, died of a heart attack at the age of 59. At the time of her death, the Jewish population in Egypt was estimated to be less than 40, of whom 11 (all women) lived in Cairo.

            Only 40? Amazing.

            Zayat came from a wealthy family with friends in high places, so presumably that saved them.

            PS I thought Ahmed was a Muslim name? I’m learning something new every day!

            • 90 MightyPamela
              June 6, 2015 at 7:40 pm

              Sometimes a wave starts small.. but you are so right, and we will not live to see the 1000 years of Peace, but a foundation and a groundwork is being laid down right now, as we live and breathe, and people are waking up. I believe. Still, many are asleep, heart center closed to the true meaning of life – which we understand is to “Love One Another, as I have Loved You.” It is a mighty task, humankind is not as evolved as we like to think we are. ❤ Such is the solace we find here, Chipsticks, and NerdyW, thanks to your tireless effort to keep the door open. ❤

            • 91 taiping1
              June 7, 2015 at 1:52 am

              His father was the physician to the head of Egypt. I think it was Mubarak.

        • 92 Nena20409
          June 6, 2015 at 7:04 pm

          Oh, my goodness…….I am so sorry. Ahmed Zayat is a Jewish name? My total ignorance is now displayed, again at TOD. Please forgive me TODville. 😳

      • 93 taiping1
        June 7, 2015 at 1:50 am

        No, he’s Jewish. There are now only 40 Jews left in Egypt according to the papers.

  38. 94 MightyPamela
    June 6, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    American Pharoah wins the Triple Crown.

  39. 97 jacquelineoboomer
    June 6, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    American Pharoah wins the Triple Crown!

  40. 98 Nena20409
    June 6, 2015 at 7:02 pm

  41. 99 Nena20409
    June 6, 2015 at 7:05 pm

  42. 100 Nena20409
    June 6, 2015 at 7:06 pm

  43. June 6, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    My goodness, what a wise, beautiful, compassionate eulogy delivered by our President. I don’t think I shall ever see or hear again a national leader like President Barack Obama who can give such words of healing and truth to those who need it, as we all do.

  44. 103 Dudette
    June 6, 2015 at 7:13 pm

  45. June 6, 2015 at 7:20 pm

  46. 108 carolyn
    June 6, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Just read about the Milan Expo 2015 which FLOTUS will be visiting on Rick Steves’ website. According to this site, the Expo 2015 in Milan is one of the biggest things going this summer.

  47. 109 Dudette
    June 6, 2015 at 7:24 pm

  48. 110 Dudette
    June 6, 2015 at 7:26 pm

  49. June 6, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Chips, I can’t thank you enough for allowing us this space. It it always an absolute comfort to be here. I only wish there was some way I could repay you.

  50. 114 jacquelineoboomer
    June 6, 2015 at 7:27 pm

  51. June 6, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    the President always said that the he thought that he got his empathy from his mother…she would have been so proud of him today

  52. June 6, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    I missed Serena’s match today but I saw someone on Twitter saying that Martina Navratilova looked less than enthusiastic when presenting her with the trophy (Is that true? Did anyone see it?). Funny, I just checked Martina’s tweets ….. there’s one about American Pharoah, but none about Serena today. Good grief.

    • June 6, 2015 at 7:46 pm

      I am surprise at Martina, I would have expected better from her. But that’s okay, Serena will still leave her in the dusk. Bye bye Martina.

    • 121 hopefruit2
      June 6, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      Yes I saw it, and was saddened by it. What is more, she made a very dismissive facial gesture when Serena began speaking in French. This was going on during Beau’s funeral service and so I kept switching back and forth between ESPN and CSPAN. I saw the best and the worst of humanity between the two programs.

      • June 6, 2015 at 8:02 pm

        You’re kidding me Hopefruit? How utterly classless, I honestly thought she was better than that. Now I don’t feel so bad about this super-bitchy tweet

        • 123 hopefruit2
          June 6, 2015 at 8:08 pm

          Your tweet is VERY appropriate! It bothered me to no end. Serena won the match fair and square, as well as her 20th Grand Slam Title. There was no need for Martina to to be so visibly sour about it when she has accomplished so much herself. It was childish and supremely petty.

          • June 6, 2015 at 8:15 pm

            Can’t get over her behaving like that, and – I think – very pointedly tweeting about the flippin’ horse, while having nothing to say about Serena. Even if Navratilova has a big personal issue with Serena, that she can’t find it in her to congratulate her on her amazing achievement is petty beyond belief.

            • 125 hopefruit2
              June 6, 2015 at 8:17 pm

              Exactly – be a professional on the public stage. Otherwise she’s no better than whatever she thinks Serena is.

          • 126 Sandy1110
            June 6, 2015 at 8:52 pm

            I detected a milder bit of jealousy from Chris Evert after #19 at the Australian Open. Evert told Serena that she didn’t expect her to get #19 so soon after they all celebrated the “18 Club” at the U.S. Open. Evert was at least saying that to Serena directly – not being bitchy and making faces. Poor Martina – not!

  53. 127 Dudette
    June 6, 2015 at 7:45 pm

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  55. 130 desertflower
    June 6, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    A little O/T…but Chris did a really good job with this.

  56. 132 hopefruit2
    June 6, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Thanks Chips for this wonderful recap of Beau’s service. Bless the Biden family and our First Family.

  57. 133 Dudette
    June 6, 2015 at 7:54 pm

  58. 134 globalcitizenlinda
    June 6, 2015 at 7:56 pm

    Did I see Mr. Joe Clancy, Director of US Secret Service, at Beau Biden funeral? He seems to be in the photo in which PBO hugs Ms Sasha as the casket leaves the funeral

  59. 135 carolyn
    June 6, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    Today was a poignant day…..emotionally draining. My husband watched the TV while I was gone, and told me when I got home how powerful the president’s eulogy was. So, I watched it here, thanks to blog tyrants…….I so appreciate all you do. But, several of you mentioned Ashley’s and Hunter’s tributes, so I went to Cspan and watched those…….Like someone else said, those eulogies encouraged me greatly for the family.

  60. June 6, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Oh Lord, watching CSPAN now, and Joe’s face is just strained with grief.

  61. 138 amk for obama
    June 6, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Go serena. Go barca.

  62. 143 hopefruit2
    June 6, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    I can already tell that for many of us, the Presidential inauguration in 2016 will feel more like a good-bye service and less of a celebration – regardless of the party being sworn in. President Obama and VP Joe – we won’t see another like them in our lifetimes.

    • June 6, 2015 at 8:23 pm

      I’ll be honest with ya Hopefruit, I won’t even watch that inauguration. My heart wouldn’t take it.

      • 145 hopefruit2
        June 6, 2015 at 8:27 pm

        I hear you Chips…I’m struggling to decide what to do.

        But the TV networks had better be prepared to see their ratings plummet after the Obamas/Bidens take off their helicopters.

  63. June 7, 2015 at 9:40 am

    I’m so sad for all of them. Beau lived a wonderful testimony. Thanks for sharing. Lost my mom on Thanksgiving morning, this helped me see many pieces of her. It’s comforting.


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