President Obama Consoles Joe Biden at Son's Funeral

President Obama Consoles Joe Biden at Son's Funeral

Beau Biden died last week after losing battle with brain cancer.

Published June 6, 2015

The nation bid a tearful farewell to Beau Biden Saturday (June 6), as the son of Vice President Joe Biden was laid to rest in Wilmington, Delaware. The younger Biden died last week of brain cancer, at the age of 46.

Biden was eulogized by President Barack Obama, who said the Iraq war veteran and former State Attorney General of Delaware "did not have a mean bone in his body."


"Beau Biden brought to his work a mighty heart, he brought to his family a mighty heart," said Obama, who seemed on the verge of tears at several times during his speech. But nobody was more bereft during the services than the Vice President, who arrived with his eyes covered by sunglasses and grieved visibly. After his eulogy, the President wrapped Biden in an embrace and kiised him on the cheek.

Sadly, Beau is the not the first loved one who Biden has had to bury. He lost his infant daughter and his wife in a tragic car accident in 1972. 

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, former president Bill Clinton, senator Harry Reid and many more beltway luminaries were present at the services. Coldplay frontman Chris Martin performed "Til Kingdom Come" for the assembled. Martin volunteered to sing when he learned Biden was a fan of his music.

The Vice President was joined by his wife Dr. Jill Biden, Beau's widow Hallie and their two children Natalie and Hunter for the services.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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