By Thaha Sherwani,
Domestic News Writer
An icon in American politics, Vice President Joseph (Joe) Biden announced last week that he will not be seeking the Democratic nomination for the Presidency of the United States.
Biden served as a Senator from Delaware for 36 years before becoming Vice President. He was only 29 years old when he was first elected senator.
Before taking his oath, he lost his wife and daughter in a car accident. Many Americans have seen the image of a young Joe Biden taking his oath next to his son, Beau’s, hospital bed in 1973. This past July, the Vice President lost his son Beau, 46, to brain cancer.
Vice President Biden has taken on numerous initiatives such as reforming gun control and ensuring the American middle class remains strong. He has also traveled to numerous countries representing the nation. Biden definitely has the resume and the experience to become President.
However, as he said himself in his speech at the Rose Garden, “As my family and I have worked through the grieving process, I’ve said all along what I’ve said time and again to others, that it may very well be that that process, by the time we get through it, closes the window on mounting a realistic campaign for President, that it might close.
I’ve concluded it has closed.” Even though the Vice President has said that there is no real official timeline for declaring one’s candidacy, the time to create and run a winning campaign has ended.
The American people will not witness a campaign where a man having lost his wife and two children to tragic deaths rises above life’s calamities and becomes President of the United States.
In a way, one might say that this humanizes him.
Joe Biden’s recent and tragic struggle with the loss of a family member to cancer connected with many Americans.
Many were hopeful to support him in his run for the Presidency, hoping he would keep going despite this tragedy as he did subsequent to his wife and daughter’s deaths in a car accident.
Biden has unsuccessfully run for President twice before but without nearly as much support. Some supporters even created a “Draft Biden” campaign, promoting ads, collecting donations, and creating a frenzy on the internet and social media.
Many in the media speculated that Biden would run. In fact, CNN decided to keep an extra podium for Biden just in case he declared his intention to run for the Presidency.
A significant number of supporters also believed that Biden would run and only seek one term for the presidency, causing Democrats to rally around the notion that the progress of Obama’s administration needs to continue. However, his statement to the press in the Rose Garden quieted all the speculators and the other candidates happy that there will not be more competition.
The vice president has declared that he will continue to voice his opinion and make an impact on the elections.
Biden has not publicly endorsed any of the three Democratic candidates. Last week, Biden met with Bernie Sanders to discuss the key issues in his platform. Due to the Vice President’s announcement, Hillary Clinton has gained even more support. In a recent poll by NBC, she has more than fifty percent support amongst Democrats.
Some individuals reported that Beau wanted his father to run for President and that this was one of the last conversations they had.
However in a recent interview on 60 Minutes, Biden dismissed this story and said that one of the main reasons he decided not to run is because of his granddaughter who has cried multiple times on his shoulders, needing reassurance that he won’t leave her as her dad did.
Biden, over the years, has demonstrated that family comes first and has once again shown Americans that family life comes before career, even if one is the vice president of the United States of America.
At the end of his statement to the press about his decision not to run, Biden said, “I’ve had the very great, good fortune and privilege of being in public service most of my adult life, since I’ve been 25 years old.
And through personal triumphs and tragedies, my entire family — my son Beau, my son Hunter, my daughter Ashley, Jill — our whole family — and this sounds corny — but we found purpose in public life.”
This statement reflects the type of character and type of politician that Biden is. Even though at times his remarks have seemed like a campaign kickoff speech, Biden will not be at the next Democratic debate.
Instead, he will be in the White House, trying to get work done. Instead of campaigning, he will be working from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave to ensure that the country continues to move forward.
A version of this article appeared in the Tuesday, November 3rd print edition.
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