In a Moving Speech to Military Families, Vice President Biden Shares His Anguish Over Tragic Loss

May 26, 2012
7:52 am

Yesterday in a speech to military families who lost their own family members, Vice President Joe Biden talked about the 1972 car accident that killed his first wife and his daughter.

"And just like you guys know by the tone of the phone call, you just knew," he said. "You just felt it in your bones: Something bad happened."

In the following clip, Biden admitted that after that tragedy, he could understand why people would contemplate suicide. Of course, there will be cynics out there, but Biden's story and his emotion was human and real. Why can't others follow his lead? Peace to you, Vice President Biden.


Here is a sample of what the Vice President said yesterday:

"I remember looking up and saying, ‘God,’ as if I was talking to God myself, ‘You can’t be good, how can you be good?"

"I probably shouldn’t say this with the press here, but it’s more important, you’re more important. For the first time in my life, I understood how someone could consciously decide to commit suicide," he told families at a grief seminar in Virginia.

"Not because they were deranged, not because they were nuts, because they had been to the top of the mountain, and they just knew in their heart they would never get there again."

"There will come a day," he said "when the thought of your son or daughter, or your husband or wife, brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye."