Beau Bi­den an ‘orig­i­nal,’ Obama re­calls

Los Angeles Times - - THE NATION - — Richard A. Ser­rano

Pres­i­dent Obama eu­lo­gized the son of his vice pres­i­dent, telling a packed, somber me­mo­rial ser­vice that Beau Bi­den was an “orig­i­nal. A good man. A man of char­ac­ter. A man who loved deeply, and was loved in re­turn.”

Joseph Robinette “Beau” Bi­den III, Delaware at­tor­ney gen­eral, Army vet­eran of Iraq and the son of Vice Pres­i­dent Joe Bi­den, was 46. He died from brain cancer on May 30.

About 1,000 mourn­ers filled St. An­thony of Padua Church in Wilm­ing­ton for the ser­vices.

Beau Bi­den’s brother, Hunter Bi­den, de­scribed his last mo­ments at the hos­pi­tal. “I held his hand as he took his last breath,” he­said. “His hand will never leave mine.”

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