Saturday, January 09, 2010

RIP Mrs. Biden...

Vice President Biden's mother died Friday in Wilmington, Del., the White House said. She was 92.

"My mother, Catherine Eugenia 'Jean' Finnegan Biden, passed away peacefully today at our home in Wilmington, Delaware, surrounded by her children, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren and many loved ones," the vice president said in a statement released by the White House. "

At 92, she was the center of our family and taught all of her children that family is to be treasured, loyalty is paramount and faith will guide you through the tough times.

"She believed in us, and because of that, we believed in ourselves.

"Together with my father, her husband of 61 years who passed away in 2002, we learned the dignity of hard work and that you are defined by your sense of honor. Her strength, which was immeasurable, will live on in all of us."

Jean Biden gained national attention with a handful of campaign appearances with her son during the 2008 presidential race. She underwent hip surgery last March after falling at her Wilmington home.

Vice President Biden returned home to Wilmington on Thursday to join family members at his mother's bedside, the White House said.

Jean Biden is survived by three sons and a daughter, as well as numerous grandchildren. Her husband, Joseph R. Sr., died in 2002.


Astoiber said...

everybody dies

jmarczewski said...

Even though I am not a fan of Vice President Joe Biden, it is always sad to hear that someone's family member has passed on. On one hand, VP Biden is probably saddened to not have his closest family member around any more to give him advice, encourage him, and be his strongest supporter; but at the same time, he may have been limited by distractions of her poor health, and now that she has passed on a kind of burden may feel to be lifted off his back so he can concentrate more on government issues. It may sound brutal, but being a member of the strongest government in the world can result in this sort of thinking. Hopefully VP Biden can get through his loss quickly and with good health, and resume his place as second in command in our government. Moments like these make one realize that politicians, no matter how famous, are people just like us, too.