The White House Has Created A Memorial Page For Beau Biden

June 1, 2015  |  

The White House has launched a memorial page for Beau Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, following the news of his death this Saturday. He was 46 years old and had been battling brain cancer for two years.

Beau Biden was twice elected the attorney general of the state of Delaware and had been planning to run for governor of the state. Prior to that, he was an Iraq War veteran. He’s also known for a speech given at the Democratic National Convention in 2012.

Beau Biden survived a car crash in 1972 that killed his mother (VP Biden’s first wife Neilia) and his year-old sister Naomi. He was two years old at the time. He’s had health problems in addition to the brain tumor for the last few years.

In a lovely statement, President Obama praised the strength and integrity of the Biden family, adding:

“I have believed the best of every man,” wrote the poet William Butler Yeats, “And find that to believe it is enough to make a bad man show him at his best or even a good man swing his lantern higher.”

Beau Biden believed the best of us all. For him, and for his family, we swing our lanterns higher.

And from the VP:

“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.

In the words of the Biden family: Beau Biden was, quite simply, the finest man any of us have ever known.”

The page is a place for visitors to offer their thoughts, condolences and well wishes to the Biden family. There has been an outpouring of condolences already from friends, family and admirers.

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