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Jun 6, 2015 1:50 PM

Obama remembers Joe Biden's son for living 'life of meaning'

The Associated Press

WILMINGTON, Del. — Mourning a loss that touched people on Delaware street corners and far beyond, President Barack Obama on Saturday remembered Beau Biden, the vice president's son, as a public servant who learned through early tragedy what mattered most and resolved to "live a life of meaning" that would lift up those around him.

"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. He 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 president 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 early on "made a grown-up decision" to live a life of meaning that would benefit others.

The former Delaware attorney general died a week ago of brain cancer at age 46.

Vice President Joe Biden, who did not speak at his son's funeral, embraced Obama at the funeral's start, after crossing himself solemnly as he entered the church to the strains of "Bring Him Home," from "Les Miserables."


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