What makes a great president and vice president? A person who has their hand on the pulse of what America is talking about and someone that can relate to you.
Vice President Joe Biden talked to an audience of dead soldiers’ families today, May 26, visibly touched, truly knowing the pain that each member of the audience was feeling.
Speaking at the 18th annual TAPS National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp in Arlington, Virginia.
Vice President Biden told the audience that because of the devastation he felt when his wife Neilia and one-year-old daughter Naomi died in a car crash while Christmas shopping in Delaware, he knew their pain.
The Vice President said,
You knew when they walked up the path. You knew when the call came. You knew. You just felt it in your bones something bad happened…And I knew. I don’t know how I knew. But the call said my wife was dead, my daughter was dead, and I wasn’t sure how my sons were going to make it.
For the first time in my life, I understood how someone could consciously decide to commit suicide. Not because they were deranged, not because they were nuts, because they’d been to the top of the mountain and they just knew in their heart they’d never get there again, that it was never going to be that way ever again. That’s how an awful lot of you feel.
Joe Biden also added he understands the “black hole you feel in your chest, like you’re being sucked back into it.”
We sympathize with the Vice President and every person in the United States who has lost a friend or family member to war. Although nothing can replace the loss, it is comforting to know the Vice President is right there with the pulse of America.