President Obama delivers the eulogy at Biden’s funeral, speaking for 25 minutes at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church to about 1,000 mourners, including former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary.
He did in 46 years what most of us could not do in 146. He left nothing in the tank…He lived a life where the means were as important as the ends. He made you want to be a better daughter or son or a better brother or sister. And better at your job, a 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.
About 200 people inside the parish gymnasium watch Obama and others speak on two monitors, while several hundred people listened to the service from loudspeakers outside on the church property. Joe Biden did not speak during the two-hour ceremony.
Martin plays the group’s 2005 song Til Kingdom Come at Biden’s funeral. Martin volunteered to perform at the service after hearing that Biden was a fan.
For you, I’d wait ’til kingdom come. Until my days, my days are done.
Beau Biden is laid in honor in the Delaware Senate Chamber, attended by politicians and local officials, as well as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power. Governor Markell:
[He] was a model for what a public servant should be as well as a model husband, father and son…He cared deeply about the people of Delaware. We, the people of Delaware, loved Beau, if possible, even more.
On Beau’s relationship with his father:
Your dad beamed with pride and love for you. Never has a son’s love been so genuine and so deep.
President Obama says he and Michelle are grieving alongside the Biden family.
Michelle and I are grieving tonight. Beau Biden was a friend of ours. His beloved family – Hallie, Natalie, and Hunter – are friends of ours. And Joe and Jill Biden are as good as friends get…Beau took after Joe. He studied the law, like his dad, even choosing the same law school. He chased a life of public service, like his dad, serving in Iraq and as Delaware’s Attorney General. Like his dad, Beau was a good, big-hearted, devoutly Catholic and deeply faithful man, who made a difference in the lives of all he touched – and he lives on in their hearts…But for all that Beau Biden achieved in his life, nothing made him prouder; nothing made him happier; nothing claimed a fuller focus of his love and devotion than his family…Beau Biden believed the best of us all. For him, and for his family, we swing our lanterns higher…Michelle and I humbly pray for the good Lord to watch over Beau Biden, and to protect and comfort his family here on Earth.
Beau Biden dies of brain cancer nearly two years after he was first diagnosed. Joe Biden was at his son’s side when he died:
It is with broken hearts that Hallie, Hunter, Ashley, Jill and I announce the passing of our husband, brother and son, Beau, after he battled brain cancer with the same integrity, courage and strength he demonstrated every day of his life. The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words. We know that Beau’s spirit will live on in all of us-especially through his brave wife, Hallie, and two remarkable children….More than his professional accomplishments, Beau measured himself as a husband, father, son and brothe. His absolute honor made him a role model for our family. Beau embodied my father’s saying that a parent knows success when his child turns out better than he did.
A Walter Reed spokesperson says that the eldest son of vice president Biden was hospitalized at a military hospital because it was secure enough to allow regular visits from his father. She will not say whether he remains there, contending that releasing any information would violate his privacy.
[The hospital] often admits individuals as a matter of security precaution. The vice president and Dr. (Jill) Biden’s regular visits to see their son necessitate his treatment in a facility that is more secure than a traditional hospital.
It remains unclear when Biden was admitted.
Biden’s office says that his son Beau is being treated at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Officials do not specify what he is being treated for, though a source with knowledge of the Biden family calls the situation “serious.”