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Biden provides emotional tribute to Delaware and his late son on the eve of inauguration

Before President-elect Joe Biden left Delaware for his inauguration in Washington, he presented his longtime home and late son Beau Biden with emotional praise Tuesday.

Biden, due to take office on Wednesday, had suffocated at the beginning of his brief remarks at the Delaware National Guard headquarters in New Castle, named for Beau in 2016 after he had died a year earlier at the age of 46.

“It’s kind of emotional for me,” said Biden, wiping the tears from his eyes before praising Delaware as “the state that loves our children and grandchildren and loves our beau, and he loved you right back”.

“It is deeply personal that our next trip to Washington begins here, a place that defines the best of who we are as Americans,” said Biden.

“I know these are dark times, but there is always light. That is what makes this state so special. That taught me,” said Biden.

President-elect Joe Biden wipes his eyes as he speaks to Major Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III at the National Castle / Reserve Center at New Castle Airport on January 19, 2021 in New Castle, Delaware, before heading to Washington DC leaves.

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Most of the time Biden had been stationed near Wilmington, where his transition team was headquartered, since he rejected President Donald Trump’s request for re-election.

From this location, Biden and his team have set a number of broader policy goals, the main ones being to defeat the coronavirus and restore the health of an economy damaged by the pandemic.

Biden is expected to make further remarks on Wednesday at the Lincoln Memorial as part of a ceremony honoring the victims of Covid that killed at least 400,000 people in the United States

The pandemic and the attack by a crowd of Trump’s supporters on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, caused officials to make drastic changes to the inauguration ceremony, which traditionally draws thousands of spectators to the National Mall. This time, parts of the National Mall were closed to the public and around 25,000 National Guard members were sent to DC

Towards the end of his presentation at New Castle, Biden seemed again to be overwhelmed by his feelings.

“James Joyce reportedly told a friend that when it is time to die, when he dies, he said, ‘Dublin will be written on my heart.’ Sorry for the emotion, “said Biden in a cracking voice.

After a pause, Biden said, “When I die, Delaware will be written on my heart. The hearts of all Bidens. We love you all. You were there for us for better and for worse. You never went away.” . “

“I’m even more proud to be standing here and doing this from the Major Beau Biden facility,” added Biden.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I have only one regret: that he is not here because we should introduce him as president.”

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