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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About martinkich

I am a Professor of English at Wright State University's Lake Campus, where I have been a faculty member for more than 25 years. I have now served multiple terms as the President of the WSU chapter of AAUP, which now includes all full-time instructional faculty, and as the Vice-President of the Ohio Conference of AAUP. I have also served several terms as an at-large member of the Executive Committee of AAUP's Collective Bargaining Congress. In addition to serving as co-editor of the Academe blog, I am also a member of the editorial board of Academe and have been a guest editor for an issue of the magazine on collective bargaining strategies. As co-chair of the Ohio Conference's Communication Committee, I began to do much more overtly political writing during the campaign to repeal Ohio's Senate Bill 5, which would have eliminated the right of faculty to be unionized. I have sustained that activism, and at the risk of stating the obvious, I have very much enjoyed contributing to the Academe Blog and to our chapter blog. I also maintain several other blogs to which I have re-posted, by topic, my posts to the Academe blog, as well as some other items.

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