President Obama’s Eulogy at the Funeral of Beau Biden
This is a very moving eulogy. It is also a great testament to the deep friendship between President Obama and Vice President Biden.
Indeed, although—or perhaps because—it is a very personal response to a deeply personal sense of loss, rather than some broader statement on public policy, political positions, or the pressing issues of the day, I think that it may stand as one of the most noteworthy and enduring speeches ever delivered by President Obama or, for that matter, by any president over the past few decades.
In a way that transcends conventional rhetoric, President Obama manages to make his own sense of loss and the Bidens’ sense of loss meaningful for all Americans. In a way that transcends conventional rhetoric, he manages to convey how Beau Biden’s life story was a distinctly American story.
It is a speech that should cause most listeners to take stock of their…
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