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Biden Bids Farewell to the Senate
In recounting the advent of computers and how some in the Senate felt it was a waste of taxpayer money to put computers in their offices, Biden said, "I'm almost embarrassed to admit that; it means I'm a pretty old dude."
In another vignette, Biden recounted the great friendships he had developed with Senators now deceased whose positions were in opposition to his own. As he lay dying in hospital Strom Thurmond, former Governor of South Carolina and staunch Conservative had his wife call Senator Biden to ask him to deliver Thurmond's eulogy when he passed. In remembering this moment, Biden told his listeners, "Friendship and Death are great equalizers."
Biden's history with former Senator John C. Stennis, a courtly Mississippi Democrat and staunch opponent to civil rights provided another moving moment. He recounted their introduction when Biden was a new, young Senator who told the Old Guard Senator that he had come to the Senate for Civil Rights, realizing only after he's said it just whom he was addressing. He then recollected his encounter with Stennis as Stennis was retiring and Biden was taking his office and how his parting words to Biden were that "Civil Rights did more to free the white man than the black man" and when Joe asked him why Mr. Stennis replied with a tap of the heart, "It freed my soul. It freed my soul."
Biden's more touching remembrance came as he talked of the deaths of his first wife and infant daughter shortly after being elected to the Senate. After a period of grief and standing watch at the bedside of his sons also injured in the accident that took his wife and daughter, Biden returned to the Senate. He said that he they became his second family and that he would forever be grateful to them for that comfort and support.
It seems the state of Delaware will be losing a fine, dignified and dedicated Senator respected by colleagues from both sides of the aisle. If he serves his country as Vice President even half as well as he served the state of Delaware as Senator, the country can surely only benefit from his sacrifice.
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