Obama remembers Joe Biden's son for living 'life of meaning'
"He was a scion of an incredible family who brushed away the possibility of privilege for the harder, better reward of earning his own way," Obama said in a deeply personal eulogy. The president described Beau Biden as a son, a father, a soldier and a politician who didn't cut corners in his efforts to serve his country and others.
The former Delaware attorney general died a week ago of brain cancer at age 46.
Obama reflected on the "cruel twist of fate" that killed Beau Biden's mother and infant sister in a car crash four decades ago and left 3-year-old Beau and younger brother Hunter hospitalized.
Out of that tragedy, Obama said, Beau as a "very young boy made a very grown-up decision: He would live a life of meaning. He would live a life for others."It really is a shame all of the tragedy in Joe Biden's life."His dad taught him that everybody mattered. He even looked and sounded like Joe — although I think Joe would be the first to acknowledge that Beau was an upgrade — Joe 2.0," Obama said to chuckles from those in the audience. "But as much as Beau reminded folks of Joe, he was very much his own man. He was an original."