Thoughts on Beau BidenJune 2, 2015
I hope that my friends, including my more conservative friends who are always giving Joe Biden hell, will take a few minutes to read this article. The article captures the character of the man that I first met over 30 years ago when he was a featured speaker at Cumberland School of Law, the Senator who I watched from the back of the room during committee hearings when I was an idealistic young lawyer working on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the candidate I campaigned for time and time again, the Vice Presidential nominee who gave me the stoutest man hug I have ever received after his acceptance speech in Denver and my friend the Vice President who took the time to call my parents from his cell phone to wish them a happy 62nd anniversary. He is in short a remarkable man whose 40 plus years in public service are marked by integrity and sincerity far more than the slips of the tongue he has become noted for. Beau was obviously his father’s son, a rising star on the political stage with the ability to alter the political climate from partisanship to consensus.
Perhaps everyone, on both sides of the political aisle, will use this moment in time to hit the political reset button to move from monologues to dialogues, from talking about political opponents to talking to them and remember that holding public office is about the people they serve (as opposed to the people who voted for them), not the other way around. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with the Bidens during this time of tremendous loss. I hope yours are too.