In 1972 a 29-year-old Joe Biden was elected as the junior senator from Delaware. A few weeks after the election, Biden’s wife Neilia and one-year-old daughter Naomi were killed in an automobile accident. Their sons Beau and Hunter survived the accident.
Biden’s political career was christened in personal tragedy, and in his decades of service in the Senate and during his two terms as Obama’s Vice President, he often used his personal grief to empathize with victims of gun violence, terrorist attacks and natural disasters.
In August 2015, Biden’s favorite son, Beau Biden died from an aggressive type of brain cancer. Joe Biden was devastated and he used his son’s untimely death as an excuse not to run for president in 2016.
The ruling class can afford to take a sabbatical when they lose a close family member, but the working class is usually back to work after only a couple of days of bereavement.
The consoler-in-chief was criticized by some of the families of the 13 fallen U.S. service members from the Kabul terror attack last month, for bringing up his grief over his late son Beau.
I agree with the Gold Star families, I empathize with a parent who loses a son or a daughter, but enough already with the Beau Biden sob stories. There is a time and a place for everything and the dignified transfer wasn’t the place for Biden to shed tears for Beau, that ceremony should have been all about the ultimate sacrifice of those 13 warriors.
Joe Biden is in danger of being seen as a maudlin geezer instead of as the empathizer-in-chief.