‘A man of character': Obama delivers emotional eulogy for Beau Biden – CNN

Wilmington, Delaware (CNN)President Barack Obama eulogized Beau Biden Saturday as a good man of character, hailing the compassion and public service of his family in a moving funeral oration about the son of grief-stricken Vice President Joe Biden.

Obama said that the former Delaware Attorney General and Iraq War veteran who died a week ago from brain cancer was a fine man full of integrity who had refused to trade on his family name. He did his duty to his country and “did not have a mean bone in his body,” Obama told more than a thousand mourners at a Roman Catholic funeral Mass in Wilmington, Delaware.

“Beau Biden brought to his work a mighty heart, he brought to his family a mighty heart,” Obama said in his eulogy, during which he appeared on the verge of being emotionally overcome several times as he praised Beau Biden as a model public official, father and son.

He said Beau Biden and the Biden family, with their culture of service and compassion, had endured tragedy in the past but not been defeated by it. They were the kind of people, Obama said, who, since the nation’s founding, had ensured that merit, not birth or wealth, were most important.

“Families like the Bidens have made it so. People like Beau have made it so. He did in 46 years what most of us could not do in 146,” Obama said. “He left nothing in the tank. He was a man who led a life where the means were as important as the ends.”

“Beau Biden was an original. He was a good man, a man of character, a man who loved deeply and was loved in return,” Obama added.

When he had concluded his eulogy, Obama stepped down from the pulpit of the St. Anthony of Padua Church, and folded Biden in his arms, placing a kiss on his vice president’s cheek.


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