The Late Beau Biden

Condolences to the family of the Vice President on the death of their son, Beau Biden, formerly Captain Biden of the United States Army.
Biden’s unit was activated to deploy to Iraq on October 3, 2008, and sent to Fort Bliss, Texas, for pre-deployment training, the day after his father participated in the 2008 presidential campaign’s only vice presidential debate. His father was on the record as saying, “I don’t want him going. But I tell you what, I don’t want my grandson or my granddaughters going back in 15 years, and so how we leave makes a big difference.”
The caption on the second photo says "Beau Biden in Iraq," but I never saw any part of Iraq with grass and trees like that.

The young gentleman died of brain cancer, at the age of 46. I extend my sympathies in particular to the Vice President, who has buried more than one of his children.

1 comment:

Gringo said...

Not to mention the Vice President's losing his first wife in an auto accident.

Many years ago I read an article about the widower Senator Biden, who after a period of mourning had begun seeing a woman- most likely his current wife, Jill. She got along so well with Biden's young children that one of them- it may have been Beau- went up to his father to tell him "Dad,I think we should marry Jill." Having known some families where the woman marrying a widower didn't make much of an attempt to get along with his children, I was impressed by Jill's making the effort well before she married.