Happy Birthday to Joe Biden, The Fighter

Happy 76th birthday to former Vice President Joe Biden. Regardless of what you think of his politics, this man should be respected for his resilience, service, and commitment to the underdogs.
Growing up, he shared a single room with three brothers and an uncle. The uncle had a drinking problem. Vice President Biden saw what this did to his uncle, and has never had a drink of alcohol himself.220px-Official_portrait_of_Vice_President_Joe_Biden
As a child he had a stuttering problem, and kids called him “Dash” and “Joe Impedimenta” to mock him. He eventually overcame his speech impediment by memorizing long passages of poetry and reciting them out loud in front of the mirror.
When he was 29, he was elected to be a Senator from Delaware. A little more than a month later, his wife and thirteen month old daughter were killed in a car accident, a week before Christmas.
His sons Beau and Hunter were also in the car, but survived. During his senate career, he took the train every day from Delaware to Washington D.C., so he could tuck his sons in each night.
He lost his son Beau three years ago to brain cancer at age 46.
He served 36 years in the Senate, and eight as Vice President.. All the while, fighting for the poor, minorities, workers, and other vulnerable populations.
Joe Biden faced more adversity and tragedy than any man should ever have to, and he always kept going.
Our country is better because he did.

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