June 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Say what you will about Vice President Joe Biden - the man can deliver a eulogy. Just ask him. “I've spoken at more eulogies than I'd like to remember,” he said Wednesday at a service for Frank R. Lautenberg, the late Democratic senator from New Jersey and Biden's former colleague. “I advise you all … Never make a good eulogy. You'll be asked again and again and again.” In the past, the role of a vice president has often been dismissed as one limited to casting tie-breaking votes in the Senate and attending funerals of dignitaries and foreign heads of state.
May 31, 2013 |
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- Vice President Joe Biden praised Brazil as a rising power and extended an invitation to better relations with the U.S. during a three-day visit that ended Friday. “We're ready for a deeper, broader relationship across the board on everything from the military to education, trade and investment,” Biden said after meeting Friday morning with Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia, the capital. The most significant announcement made, analysts said, was that Rousseff will be welcomed at the White House on Oct. 23, for the first official state visit of President Obama's second term.
May 27, 2013 |
Monday-Friday, May 27-31 -- “Being Biden” is going on a road trip. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden's eclectic blogsite will follow his sweep through Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago and Brazil this week as he carries out a mission to bolster trade with Latin American allies in the midst of economic transformations. On Monday, Biden meets with Colombian President Juan Miguel Santos in Bogota for talks expected to showcase Colombia's impressive progress in promoting national and regional security.
April 24, 2013 |
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Bagpipes wailed, law enforcement badges were striped in black, and a squadron of state police helicopters flew by as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and hundreds of officers from around the country paid their respects Wednesday to Sean Collier, one of their own. At an outdoor memorial service for the 27-year-old campus police officer, Vice President Joe Biden called the brothers accused of killing Collier and detonating the...
April 24, 2013 |
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Vice President Joe Biden declared that terrorists committed to a "doctrine of hate and oppression" have seen again that the American people "refuse to yield to fear," hailing the "incredible heroism" and "resilience" of Boston in the wake of the marathon bombings. Biden spoke Wednesday at a memorial service for MIT campus police officer Sean Collier, who was killed Thursday by the alleged perpetrators of the attacks, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, described by the vice president as "two twisted, perverted, cowardly knock-off jihadis . " "We have suffered.
April 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- President Obama has called officials in Boston to offer “whatever assistance is necessary” to investigate and respond to the deadly bomb blasts Monday and plans to speak publicly on the incident this evening, a senior White House official said. Shortly after hearing of the bombs just minutes after they went off, Obama called the Boston mayor and Massachusetts governor to express his concern for the injured to “make clear that his administration is ready to provide needed support,” the official said.
March 21, 2013 |
Vice President Joe Biden, seeking to reinvigorate slowing momentum for gun control legislation, urged Congress on Thursday to be courageous in supporting new laws and insisted that the political risks of supporting such laws were overblown. Biden appeared at New York City Hall with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, an ardent advocate for tougher gun laws, as well as families who lost loved ones in the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. “It's time for the political establishment to show the courage your daughter showed,” Biden said, addressing the family of Lauren Rousseau, a permanent substitute teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary School who was killed trying to protect her students.
March 12, 2013 |
First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck were among a high-powered roster of public figures whose personal and financial information was posted on the Internet. The data, which include purported home addresses, Social Security numbers, phone numbers and credit reports, appeared on a website that seemed to originate in Russia. The Secret Service and the FBI said Tuesday that they were opening investigations, and President Obama confirmed the apparent breach.
March 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON -- Put some 650 political reporters, high-ranking government officials and their friends in a hotel ballroom for dinner, and, if nothing else, you get a good indicator of the conventional wisdom in the capital. Some years, one of the joke-telling speakers at the Gridiron Club's annual dinner wows the crowd with wit or poise, boosting his or her standing. Barack Obama did that as a senator. This time, though, the big winner appears to have been a man who wasn't there -- Vice President Joe Biden.
March 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama is “not bluffing” when he vows that he will not allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon, Vice President Joe Biden said Monday in a speech that put a heavy emphasis on winning consensus on that view from the rest of the world. Speaking to supporters of Israel, Biden reiterated that “all options, including military force” are on the table as the U.S. works to prevent Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons. “We are not looking for war,” Biden told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee at a policy conference.