The 114th Congress was sworn in Tuesday, with Republicans formally taking control of both chambers for the first time in eight years. There were the usual procedural ceremonies, but by far the most entertaining bit of theater was provided by Vice President Joe Biden, who was in top form.
Joe Biden has stated that he loves the dead of winter, because the nights are “black, like his soul.” Following this statement, the vice-president spent three and a half hours reciting Walt Whitman poetry to a visibly irritated president Obama.
Tonight, our country has lost a valiant public servant, and a family which has given so much to all of us, has lost a son, a brother, a husband, and a father. We have all lost a friend. My heart is with Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden, Beau’s wife Hallie, and two children Natalie and Hunter.
To Vice President Biden who has seen so many great tragedies over the
years, I can only offer these words by the poet William Wordsworth:
“As tempted more; more able to endure, As more exposed to suffering and distress; Thence, also, more alive to tenderness.”