On December 21, 2008, President-Elect Barack Obama appointed his Vice President, Joe Biden to be the head of the White House Task Force On Working Families.
Biden chose a German Sheppard puppy as the Vice Presidential pooch. He has promised that his grandchildren will get to name the puppy. The new addition will be delievered to the White House after a six week training stint.
Naomi, Finnegan, Roberta Mabel, Natalie, and Robert Hunter are Joe Biden's five grandchildren.
Joe Biden attended St. Helena's School in Wilmington, Delaware.
On November 4, 2008, Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the United States of America, with Joe Biden serving as his Vice President, making Joe Biden the first ever Roman Catholic to serve as Vice President.
While Joe Biden was recovering from the operation to stop the bleeding of his brain aneurysm, he developed a blood clot in his lungs, but managed to recover from that as well.
Joe Biden nearly died of a cranial aneurysm in 1988, but after 2 brain surgeries, he recovered in early 1989, and has since been in good health.
During the selection process for Barack Obama's running mate in the 2008 election, Joe Biden was referred to as "C2."
In 1972, when Joe Biden was first elected as a U.S Senator from Deleware at the age of 29, and sworn in on January 3, 1973, he was the 5th-youngest U.S. Senator ever.
Joe Biden moved from Scranton, Pennsylvania to Claymont, Delaware when he was just ten years old.
Since 1991, Joe Biden has been teaching constitutional law as an adjunct professor at Widener University Law School.
On May 11, 1999, Joe Biden cast his 10,000th Senate vote on the floor of the Senate.
Joe Biden previously ran for President in 1988, but soon dropped out due to charges that one of his speeches was plagiarized.
Joe Biden is the oldest of his parents', Joe and Jean Biden's, four children.
Joe Biden commutes every day from his home in Wilmington, Delaware, to Washington D.C. on a train when the Senate is in session.
Joe Biden had a stutter as a child. He was able to overcome this with many hours of drill and practice.
On January 31, 2007 Joe Biden announced his bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination, but dropped out a year later on January 3, 2008 after poor showing in the Iowa caucuses.
Joe Biden and his second wife, Jill Biden, formerly Jill Tracy Jacobs, married on June 17, 1977. On June 8, 1981, the couple's daughter, Ashley, was born.
Joe Biden married Neilia Hunter on August 27, 1966. Together, they had 3 children: Joseph R. "Beau" Biden, III (born Febuary 3, 1969), Hunter (born Febuary 4, 1970), and Naomi Christina (born November 8, 1971). However, on December 18, 1972, both Biden's wife, Neilia, and their youngest daughter, Naomi, were killed in an automobile accident while Christmas Shopping. Beau and Hunter were severely injured, but they both recovered fully.
Joe Biden attended Archmere Academy in Claymont, Delaware, which is a Catholic Prep School, in 1957. He graduated in 1961.
Joe Biden released his memoirs, entitled Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics, on August 1, 2007.
Joe Biden is Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the International Narcotics Control Caucus. He is also former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Joe Biden resides in Wilmington, Delaware wih his wife, Dr. Jill Biden.
One of Joe Biden's grandfathers was a Pennsylvania state Senator.
On August 23, 2008, it was announced that Joe Biden would be Barack Obama's running mate in the 2008 Presidential election.
Joe, as of August, 2008, is serving out his sixth term as senator, making him Delaware's longest-serving senator.
He was a Democratic Senator from Delaware (1973 - 2009).
Joe Biden: Full disclosure: I do not have absolute faith in the judgment and wisdom of the American people. We're all human, and we can all be misled. When leaders don't level with citizens, we can't expect them to make good judgments. But I do have absolute faith in the heart of the American people. The greatest resource in this country is the grit, the resolve, the courage, the basic decency, and the stubborn pride of its citizens.
Joe Biden: We all know- or at least we are told continually- that we are a divided people. And we know there's a degree of truth in it. We have too often allowed our differences to prevail among us. We have too often allowed ambitious men to play off those differences for political gain. We have too often retreated behind our differences when no one really tried to lead us beyond them. But all our differences hardly measure up to the values we all hold in common... I am running for the Senate because... I want to make the system work again, and I am convinced that is what all Americans really want.
Joe Biden: Just because our political heroes were murdered does not mean that the dream does not still live, buried deep in our broken hearts.
Joe Biden: He wanted me to understand two big things: First, that nobody, no group, is above others. Public servants are obliged to level with everybody, whether or not they'll like what he has to say. And second, that politics was a matter of personal honor. A man's word is his bond. You give your word, you keep it. For as long as I can remember, I've had a sort of romantic notion of what politics should be- and can be. If you do politics the right way, I believe, you can actually make people's lives better. And integrity is the minimum ante to get into the game. Nearly forty years after I first got involved, I remain captivated by the possibilities of politics and public service. In fact, I believe- as I know my grandpop did- that my chosen profession is a noble calling.
Joe Biden: (November 15, 2008 CNN Democratic Debate) This is not about experience. It's not about change. It's about action. Who among us is going to be able to, on Day 1, step in and end the war?
Joe Biden: Fighting crime is like cutting grass. In the summer I cut my grass on a Saturday and it looks great. I let it go for a week, it looks a little shaggy. Let it go for two weeks, I notice it. Let it go for a month, I have the weeds back.
Joe Biden: I believe that there is no greater obligation of our government than to provide for the safety and security of the American people. Whether the threat is from international terrorists or the thug down the street, public safety and homeland security is essential, and we must invest to protect our borders, neighborhoods, and other vulnerable targets, and as a daily commuter on Amtrak I believe that these efforts must be extended to our transportation systems.
Joe Biden: Throughout history, athletes have tried to improve their performance on the playing field through use of improper substances. In the 20th Century, governments even got into the act – such as when East Germany tried to build an Olympic powerhouse by use of doping. As many as two thousand former East German athletes are now suffering significant health problems associated with steroid use, including cancer and heart disease.
Joe Biden: Drug abuse is one of our nation's most pervasive problems. It ravages families and infects communities with increased crime, and it denies individuals the chance to tap their potential and lead healthy, productive lives. The fact is we have the tools to prevent addiction before it even starts and to successfully treat those with substance abuse disorders – there is no excuse not to act.
Joe Biden: What made me run for the Senate 35 years ago? Civil rights. I wanted to end the discrimination I saw. Thirty-five years later we have changed America and moved closer to our ideals, but new and more subtle sins are still there. It's still my call to end the injustices I see.
Joe Biden: What I'm most proud of in my entire career is the Violence Against Women Act. It showed we can change people's lives, but the change is always one person at a time. There are many more laws and attitudes that need changing so women are treated with equal opportunities at work, in the classroom, and in our health care system.
Joe Biden: There is no greater honor than representing the people of Delaware on the floor of the Senate each and every day.
Joe Biden: Whether serving in peacetime or during conflict, our nation's veterans trained and worked long hours, often times spent long periods away from their families, and served loyally to defend our country. Our nation's democracy and freedom exist because of the achievements and sacrifices of our veterans. We owe them an immeasurable amount of gratitude.
Joe Biden: There is no question our oil dependence is threatening our national security. It helps fuel the fundamentalism we're fighting. Our oil dependence limits our options and our influence around the world, because oil rich countries pursuing policies we oppose can stand up to us, while oil dependent allies may be afraid to stand with us. If we don't change our policy, oil will further empower the countries that produce it, restrict our options, and undermine our economic and physical security. Where we can have the most impact is stopping our demand for oil from increasing as our economy grows. We know where to start: expand alternative fuels and improve vehicle efficiency. We can do this. We can absolutely do this.
Joe Biden: (On the Economy) History shows us that when our middle class is strong, our nation is strong. But when the middle class is threatened, our nation is weaker, economically and politically. The basic social compact that built our economy and built our middle class – that compact is under attack. We must restore growth and fairness to meet the new challenges before us.
Joe Biden: (On the Environment) We should not have to worry when grandfathers take their grandkids to a favorite fishing hole the streams are contaminated with dioxin; or when students turn on a faucet at school, they swallow arsenic; or that acid rain is showering us – especially when corporate responsibility could prevent it.
Joe Biden: The 21st century starts with the promise of even greater advances in health care and the treatment of diseases. If we take the right steps now, we will be able to live fuller and longer lives.
Joe Biden: (Joe Biden's vice presidential candidacy acceptance speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention) Like millions of Americans, they're asking questions as profound as they are ordinary. Questions they never thought they would have to ask: Should mom move in with us now that dad is gone? Fifty, sixty, seventy dollars to fill up the car? Winter's coming. How we gonna pay the heating bills? Another year and no raise? Did you hear the company may be cutting our health care? Now, we owe more on the house than it's worth. How are we going to send the kids to college? How are we gonna be able to retire? That's the America that George Bush has left us, and that's the America that George -- excuse me, if John McCain is elected president of the United States.
Joe Biden: Folks, the bottom line is that the middle class is being squeezed. Not just the young. Not just seniors. But everyone who's trying to make ends meet and live a decent safe life.
Joe Biden: Look, freedom is an overwhelming American notion. The idea that we want to see the world, the peoples of the world free is something that all of us subscribe to.
Joe Biden: (on Education) You've got to start off and focus on the nurturing and education of children when they're very young, particularly children from disadvantaged families. You've got to invest in starting kids in preschool at age four. And you've got to make sure you have smaller classrooms & better teachers in the disadvantaged schools.
Joe Biden: (on Hurricane Katrina) We got to step up and pay to rebuild those firehouses, pay to bring those cops back, pay to rebuild those hospitals. It is a nation's problem, it is not the problem merely of the people of Louisiana or New Orleans. This is an American city incapable on its own of doing this. It's an American problem. We should guarantee the reconstruction.
Joe Biden: (2008 Democratic National Convention) You know, you can learn a lot about a man campaigning with him, debating him, seeing how he reacts under pressure. You learn about the strength of his mind. But even more importantly, you learn about the quality of his heart.
I watched how Barack touched people, how he inspired them. And I realized he had tapped into the oldest belief in America: We don't have to accept the situation we cannot bear; we have the power to change it.
Joe Biden: (Biden-Palin Vice Presidential Debate, October 2, 2008) We should be creating jobs. John McCain has voted 20 times against funding alternative energy sources and thinks, I guess, the only answer is drill, drill, drill. Drill we must, but it will take 10 years for one drop of oil to come out of any of the wells that are going to begun to be drilled.
In the meantime, we're all going to be in real trouble.
Joe Biden: (Biden-Palin Vice Presidential Debate, October 2, 2008) Vice President Cheney has been the most dangerous vice president we've had probably in American history. The idea he doesn't realize that Article I of the Constitution defines the role of the vice president of the United States, that's the Executive Branch. He works in the Executive Branch. He should understand that. Everyone should understand that. And the primary role of the vice president of the United States of America is to support the president of the United States of America, give that president his or her best judgment when sought, and as vice president, to preside over the Senate, only in a time when in fact there's a tie vote. The Constitution is explicit. The only authority the vice president has from the legislative standpoint is the vote, only when there is a tie vote. He has no authority relative to the Congress.
Joe Biden: (November 24, 2008) Serving Delaware as your United States Senator has been the privilege of my life. And while I admit it is with some pride that I can say I've been your Senator longer than anyone in our state's history-I have never forgotten it is an honor that you, the voters, have bestowed upon me. From the time that the people of Delaware elected me to the U.S. Senate at the age of 29, this state has lifted me up in tough times and given me the chance to make a difference. I hope I have done so.
Joe Biden: (Wilmington, Delaware, May 31, 2002) Sometimes it seems that the more we try to hold on to what we have, something happens to take it away. And all any of us really wants is to just keep what we've got and give something back to our children.
Joe Biden: (Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs Annual Memorial Day Services, May 30, 2008) In addition to acknowledging the sacrifice of our fallen warriors with a simple thank you, we can also honor their service by making sure we keep our commitments to their brothers and sisters in uniform who return home. After nearly seven years of non-stop war, with many of our soldiers on their second, third, or fourth deployment, I have made a personal commitment to keep the pressure on this Administration – every single day – to change course in Iraq and bring our troops home as soon as possible.
Joe Biden: (Delaware Commission of Veterans Affairs Annual Memorial Day Services, May 30, 2008) Today, as we officially celebrate Memorial Day here in Delaware, we remember the hundreds of thousands of men and women over many generations who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. There are two words – two simple words – that we don't say enough but can never really be said enough, for the sacrifice that we are all here today to acknowledge: thank you.
Joe Biden: (Washington DC, May 14, 2008) Never before has man had such capacity to control his own environment, to end thirst and hunger, to conquer poverty and disease, to banish illiteracy and massive human misery. We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world -- or to make it the last.
Joe Biden: (Lyndon Baines Johnson Library & Museum, Auston, Texas, August 7, 2006) The better path to real security for America is a prevention plan that defuses dangers long before they are on the verge of exploding. Picture an oil field half a world away, somewhere in Central Asia. A young man works hard, but earns little. He's got a grievance with the Western oil company that employs him, but when he raises it, the security forces of his own country beat him up. The only place he feels free to speak his mind is the Mosque. There, stories of terrible things being done to Muslims in Iraq, Guantanamo, or even Denmark make him angry.
Joe Biden: After nine months of doing this, there is no exploratory committee - I'm running [for President in 2008].
Joe Biden: When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'
Joe Biden: (October, 30 2007 MSNBC Democratic Debate) Rudy Giuliani - there's only three things he mentions in a sentence: a noun, a verb, and 9/11.
Joe Biden: (When Running For President) People ask if I can compete with the money of Hillary and Barack. I hope at the end of the day, they can compete with my ideas and my experience.
Joe Biden: (When Running For President) The average voter out there understands that the next president is going to have to be prepared to immediately step in without hesitation and end our involvement in Iraq. It's very difficult to figure out how to move on to broader foreign policy concerns without fixing Iraq first.
Joe Biden: (On his speech impediment) It's a funny thing to say, but even if I could, I would not wish away the darkest days of the stutter. That impediment ended up being a godsend for me. Carrying it strengthened me and made me a better person. The very things it taught me turned out to be invaluable lessons for my life as well as my chosen career.
Joe Biden: About six months ago, the president said to me, "Well, at least I make strong decisions, I lead." I said, "Mr. President, look behind you. Leaders have followers. No one's following. Nobody."
Joe Biden: Millions of Americans have been knocked down. And this is the time as Americans, together, we get back up, back up together. Our debt to our parents and grandparents is too great, our obligation to our children is too sacred.
Joe Biden: (At the 2008 Democratic National Convention) Since I've never been called a man of few words, let me say this as simply as I can: Yes. Yes, I accept your nomination to run and serve alongside our next president of the United States of America, Barack Obama.
Joe Biden: (talking about his personal failures) It's all out there, in the clear public view, Biden said. I didn't always comport myself in the way that I wanted to.
Joe Biden: (On being chosen as Barack Obama's running mate) This is a big deal. You're a big deal (referring to his supporters in Delaware). The Democratic Party's been my home. The Delaware Democratic Party has been my family.
Joe Biden: (On his middle-class upbringing) I was an Irish-Catholic kid from Scranton with a father who like many of yours in tough economic times fell on hard times. But my Mom and Dad raised me to believe ... it's not how many times you get knocked down, it's how quickly you get up. Ladies and gentlemen, that's your story.