First marriage had to overcome fiancees parent’s unhappiness with their daughter marrying a Roman Catholic (which they did)
His wife and baby daughter died, and both sons were injured in a crash just weeks after he was elected senator - an election in which he was the underdog, and his campaign was mostly managed by his family with little funding (1972)
Wanted to resign in order to care for his sons
For his boys’ sake he commuted an hour and a half each morning and evening to Washington DC so he could see them everyday
Hosted barbecues and christmas dinner annually for Amtrak crews
Amtrak crews would sometimes hold the last train for a few minutes so he could catch it
Never works on December 18th, the day his wife and daughter died
after his first election as U.S. senator for Delaware he was re-elected 6 times - usually with around 60% of the vote
May 1999 he set the mark for the youngest senator to cast 10,000 votes
Ranked as one of the least wealthy members of the senate
Was banned in 2008 from receiving Holy Communion by the bishop of his original hometown, Scranton, because of his support for abortion rights
Was caught on microphone telling Obama that signing the ACA was “a big fucking deal” during live broadcasts
Obama’s daughter Sasha and Biden’s granddaughter Maisy attended the same school together, which helped form the obama-biden friendship
Biden’s friendships on the senate floor were often instrumental in passing major legislation
In 2015 he reduced his schedule to spend more time with his son Beau, who was fighting and later died from brain cancer
One of only 4 recipients from the last 4 presidents to receive the presidential medal of freedom with distinction
Dr Jill Biden, his wife, is one of only 2 second ladies to continue her day job - teaching at Northern Virginia Community College - and is founder of the Biden Breast Health Initiative (an effort to raise awareness of breast cancer with young women in Delaware)
Biden is a 4-month-old Golden Retriever named after the former vice president.
His owner Sidney took him to the Capitol to see Joe Biden give a speech.
“As soon as Joe Biden saw the dog during his speech, he pointed at the dog, and then started like cracking up. Right towards the end, I kind of signaled him, and he gave me a wink to come over,” Sydney said. “When I told him his name was Biden, his face lit up and he started kissing the dog, which is like exactly what I expected Joe Biden would do”
I just wanted to get some folks together to pay a tribute to somebody who’s, not only been by my side for the duration of this amazing journey, but somebody who has devoted his entire professional life to service this country. The best Vice President America has ever had, Mr. Joe Biden.