I don't mention Joe Biden all that often in my blog, though I sometimes reference him indirectly. For the record, I like Joe Biden, he's the sort of working class guy who never forgot his roots after he made it big... I picture him waking up most days and saying, "Wow, I can't believe that I'm here". While Biden is generally thought of as being gaffe-prone, he was always eloquent and compassionate while speaking at funerals, whether of fallen soldiers, assassinated police officers, or deceased statesmen. Biden has long known when he had to bring his linguistic "A game", because he has long known bereavement. Here is Biden delivering a speech about grief back in 2012:
Now, with the loss of his son Beau to cancer, Joe once again has to deal with bereavement. Beau Biden, a public servant like his father, was a contemporary of mine, so this particular death hits home, especially since I recently lost two friends and contemporaries this year. Beau Biden died all too young, like my recently departed friends Valerie and Richard. I'm sure that Joe Biden will be stalwart in the wake of his son's death, the guy has character. In response to the death of the Kennedys, Daniel Patrick Moynihan declared "To be Irish is to know that in the end the world will break your heart." I'm more of the opinion of the departed Phil Chevron, also Irish, who noted that hearts just crack, they never really break. I don't think Joe Biden's heart will break, he's too resilient for that to happen. It will definitely ache, but I have no doubt that he will continue to be a comforter of others suffering from heartache.