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Vice President Joe Biden to speak at Syracuse University commencement


U.S. Sen. Joseph Biden spoke at the Syracuse University School of Law commencement in 1994.


Syracuse, NY - Vice President Joe Biden will be returning to his alma mater this May to give the 2009 Syracuse University commencement speech in the Carrier Dome.

This will be the fourth commencement speech Biden, the former U.S. senator from Delaware, has given at SU. Biden's other speeches were for SU's College of Law ceremonies. Biden graduated from the College of Law in 1968.

"It's a true honor to be invited back to Syracuse University," Biden said in a press release. "The university and entire Syracuse community have meant so much to me in my life, and I look forward to being a part of the Orange's 2009 graduation festivities."

The May 10 commencement is a joint ceremony with the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Biden, 66, will receive an SU honorary degree during the ceremony, which is free and open to the public.

[...] Source includes lulzy hostile comments.

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Joe Biden: “Everyone Calls Me Joe”
Joe Biden is now a heartbeat away from the presidency. His life has been full of surprising highs and extraordinary lows.
By Nancy Doyle Palmer | Published Sunday, February 01, 2009


Last year, during a Senate hearing, Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy scribbled a note and passed it to his colleague Joe Biden.

“Are you going to be the VP?” Leahy asked the Delaware senator.

Biden passed back the note with this response: “Hope not—remember the story about the two brothers?”

The joke about the two brothers is that one goes off to sea and the other becomes vice president—and neither is ever heard from again.

This time around, that’s unlikely.

Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. has never been one to sit silently.

His life story, in fact—a story of luck and tragedy and resolve—has been one of boldfaced headlines and dramatic events: entering the Senate as one of its youngest-ever members, losing a beloved wife and daughter in a car accident, surviving a near-fatal brain aneurysm, failing at two presidential campaigns, and now, at age 66, becoming the 47th vice president of the United States.

Washington has been the backdrop to most of the ups and downs in Biden’s life. But with a 36-year Senate career and 14,000 train trips between the Capitol and Wilmington under his belt, he may be the ultimate insider who has never really been a Washingtonian.

Until now.

[...] Article continues here - I can't post the entire thing because of length (four pages).

It's one of the better profiles of Joe that I've seen - not that it's astoundingly well-written or anything, but it is a very honest and thoughtful look at the kind of character he has. If you don't love him already (!), this article will show you every reason why you should. (And if you do, (1) don't worry, there's new stuff in here; (2) oh god, don't blame me if you pretty much fall flat on your face even more in love with him, k?)

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Plus, a blast from the past:

Hot, Handsome Joe Biden Is the Dems' New White House Hope, but He Still Needs to Win Votes at Home
August 25, 1986

The TV camera does not simply love Sen. Joe Biden. It goes positively weak with desire whenever he flashes his dazzling teeth at the lens.* First there was the 10-minute shouting match with Secretary of State George Shultz during the Senate Foreign Relations Committee debate over South African sanctions. As Joe jabbed his fingers angrily in the air, he blasted the Administration for its "lack of moral backbone." [...]

(* - Here, you'll appreciate this valuable VISUAL/SENSORY AID.)

Article cont'd at the source, which explains its gloriously honest title.
Tags: joe biden, people magazine
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