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May 31, 2015

Joe Biden - Father [Weirddave]

As most of you know, Beau Biden , son of VP Joe Biden, died last night from brain cancer. He was 46 years old. This post isn't about Beau, who leaves behind a wife and two children who are no doubt devastated by his loss. Beau served honorably in Iraq where he was awarded The Bronze Star, and as such we as a country are poorer for the loss of such a man. No, this post is about Beau's father, Joe, Vice President of the United States.

Let me be perfectly clear. As a politician, I loathe Joe Biden. LOATHE. His frankly offensive diatribe against Robert Bork's nomination for SCOTUS stands as one of the all time low points of American political oratory, and is diarrhea of the mouth, stream of consciousness verbal ramblings as VP embarrass the nation on a daily basis. I've talked to people who know him personally, and they tell me he is a viscous, cutthroat politician of the lowest order, absolutely amoral in his quest for power. Nasty, rotten and ruthless, Joe Biden is the poster boy for everything that is wrong with the political class in America.

He is also a father, and while I despise Joe Biden the politician, I admire him quite a bit as a father.

In 1973, on the eve of his election to the Senate, Joe's first wife and daughter were killed in an automobile accident. His two sons, Beau and Hunter were seriously hurt. Joe raced to the hospital and stayed by their side. His aids implored him to take a break. “Joe, you have to go to Washington to be sworn in to the Senate”. He refused. “Delaware can get another senator, but my sons can’t get another father.”. That's priorities, and they are in the right order. He was eventually sworn in in the hospital, at the bedside of his children who needed him there.


We like to make fun of “Joey Choo-choo” because of Biden's love of Amtrak. It is silly, and it certainly is antiquated in this day and time, and I believe it has become an affectation, but it has real roots. In 1973, Amtrak facilitated Biden getting from Washington DC back home every night. Why did he feel the need to make such a trip every day?

Because his two young sons, who had just lost their mother and sister, needed him. Once again, priorities, and in the right order.

Last night on Twitter, there was an outpouring of sympathy for Joe Biden, and much of it came from people who were vehemently opposed to Biden's politics. I saw a few lefties halfheartedly trying to start a meme - “Right wing venom over the death of Biden's son is abhorrent”, but curiously enough I didn't see any venom linked. I'm sure there were some despicable people gloating somewhere, but I didn't see any and more to the point the lefties claiming it couldn't provide any links. I suspect they were projecting, because any time misfortune strikes a right wing pol I CAN provide oodles of links, screen shots and references to the most vile stuff imaginable.

Joe Biden is still the VP of the worst administration in American history. The country may not survive the damage he and Barry have caused. Right now, however, he is a man dealing with the worst blow life can inflict on a person, the death of a child. On behalf of Ace of Spades HQ and all of the co and open bloggers, my prayers go out to him in this, his moment of loss.


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