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Joe Biden: From Football to the Vice Presidency

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Joe Biden keeps a low profile, but is an outspoken man among men, and an American, with an American background. In Newport, New Hampshire on Friday, the vice president and candidate for the vice presidency chose to pay tribute to the Newport High and Middle School cheerleaders. According to his football coach at highly regarded Archmere Academy in Delaware, Biden was, “One of the best pass receivers I had in 16 years.” The students and faculty in Newport had gathered to hear Biden speak, and they were not disappointed. “Have you ever watched the cheerleading championships?” He asked,  “I’m serious! Guess what; the cheerleaders in college are the best athletes in college! They are amazing!” Biden, who spoke with a football in hand, nodded to the boys teams present, and conceded, “None of it works without you guys!” Biden continued his love of football in college, where he played for the University of Delaware.

With the presidential elections coming in November, and the coming debate with Republican vice presidential hopeful Paul Ryan, now seems a good time to see what we know about the vice president. Vice President Biden served in the United States Senate from 1973 until assuming the vice presidency in 2009. He is renowned for his expertise in foreign policy, having served as Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations for several years. He may well have been the dominant figure, under the president, in working with post-war Iraq. He has been quietly active in diplomatic dialogue with Russia, In START strategic arms treaties and limitation, and he worked with NATO to include the Soviet Nations. Earlier, he opposed the First Gulf War, and strongly opposed George W. Bush’s handling of the Iraq war. Biden has successfully pushed for tougher crime laws, and in 1994 he sponsored the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act. He was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and played a major role in seating Robert Bork on the high court.

It hasn’t been easy for the vice president. While attending the University of Delaware, where he studied history and political science, he met and fell in love with a Syracuse University student, Neilia Hunter. Soon after, he was accepted into the Syracuse Law School, and following graduation, He and Ms. Hunter married in 1966. Six years later, the Delaware Democrats prodded Biden to run for the Senate. He won that race in November, becoming the fifth youngest person elected to the Senate. Just weeks following that victory, a week before Christmas, Neilia, and the couple’s three children were involved in a car crash that took the lives of Neilia and their daughter Naomi; both Biden’s sons were severely injured. Joe Biden stood by his decision to serve, and took the oath of office from his sons’ hospital room. He stayed in Delaware as the boys’ recovery progressed, commuting daily to Washington by Amtrak train. He continued the daily commute throughout his long tenure in the Senate.

Biden was remarried in 1977 to Jill Jacobs and their daughter, Ashley, was b orn in 1981.  Today, Jill teaches at a Washingtoa D.C. community college, and Biden’s son Beau is the Delaware Attorney General, following service in Iraq as a captain in the Delaware National Guard. Ashley is now a social worker, and Hunter, an attorney.

In preparation for the presidential election of 2008,  Barack Obama chose Joe Biden (formally, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.) as his running mate. Biden’s working class appeal helped clinch that electoral campaign victory.

In May of this year, Biden addressed the important issue of administration policy toward Israel, and the Israeli fears that Iran may develop nuclear missile capacity. He chose his words carefully, saying that the United States, “Would not stand in the way of an Israeli strike against Iran if that possibility became a mandate. The United States policy under President Obama is not one of containment.”

Although an expert in U.S. foreign policy, Biden also has been active in economic policy-making. He implemented the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to rebuild the post-Bush economy and to lay the foundation for a sustainable economic future. He has worked to raise the quality of life for the middle class, and to assure that those intent on achieving a college education are able to do so. Further, the vice president has worked to promote American manufacturing growth and development.

Biden recently raised his fist before a cheering crowd of voters, and said, in regard to GOP ambition to repeal the Obama administration’s Wall Street reforms, that the Republicans, “Will put you back in chains!” In view of the many African-Americans in the audience, his remarks were seen as a threat that the Republicans would turn back the clock, and adversely affect that segment of the population. Later in that speech he talked about the defeat of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden. He used courageous phrases, saying the administration and the Navy Seals were, “Healing an unbearable wound — a nearly unbearable wound in America’s heart.” He called the Seals, “The finest warriors in the history of the world.” He said, “If you attack innocent Americans, we will follow you to the end of the earth. Folks, Governor Romney didn’t see things that way. When he was asked about Bin Laden in 2007 here’s what he said, he said, ‘It is not worth moving heaven and Earth and spending billions of dollars just to catch one person.’”

Painfully honest, Vice President Biden brings life and hope to America’s middle class, and works daily without fanfare for all Americans.

Photo: HumanEvents.com

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  • John Lake

    🙂 big smile “.” touchdown!

  • Shawn

    Lol, thanks John, and thanks for being a good sport.

  • John Lake

    Breitbart agrees; touchdown!

  • Shawn

    Here you go…


  • Shawn

    True, but some links were sent to Breitbart, rush, malkin, drudge etc.

    The wheels are turning, the big kicker was the 1961 freshman football team photo with names and the source being University of Deleware.

    Maybe some breaking news about Biden never on the team will happen Monday I’m told. They don’t want to run it late Friday.

    Biden been telling his college football stories 5 times a week at every college campaign stop. It will be funny when everyone finds out he was never on the team or played.

    Might even tick some Ohio people off after Joe bragging 2 weeks ago he beat them in 1963 but left out the fact he wasn’t on the team.

    Now the school got a couple calls, asking proof if Joe was on the team why no pictures or mention of it on the Biden bio page they have. (different page than John posted)

    Anyway let’s see what happens, might have to get popcorn and sit back and watch!

  • Pete

    Pretty much a guarantee he made the whole thing up. Also pretty much a guarantee the media won’t even ask.

  • Shawn

    So true…here is link to
    1961 University of Delaware year book

    Page 162 is freshman football team photo with names, Duncan coach.


  • John Lake

    Its a tragedy when we can no longer trust the mainstream media, or the sources available on the internet.

  • Shawn

    My source is the 1961 team roster and team photo. There is no record of him playing or making the team. The almanac of college sports shows Biden not on roster in 1961 and not in team photo.

    You would think if the VP of USA was on a college football team there would be a photo. No record of Biden, photo, roster, team records, school and local paper. If Biden carried the ball once there would be a record.

    You might want to check your sources. I’ll buy you lunch if you could find Bidens Jersey number or a picture of him near a football field in 1961.

  • John Lake

    Sources agree he played freshman football as halfback. Was not a great student until later in his education. Had aneurysms and other problems. Spoke with an impediment.

  • Shawn


    Joe not on the roster, never played, not on team photo.

    The article say “Biden Said” btw the half backed remark joe gave himself in 2008 not the school.

    Biden dropped out the 1988 presidential race because of the “Kinnock Scandel” Biden stole speeches and got caught just like in college got caught plagiarism.

    Joe wasn’t in Ohio for the big game in 1963, not almost arrested as he said.

  • John Lake

    Here is where my misinformation came in. I misread a sentence at Biography.com. In fact it read:
    As chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee in 1987, Biden’s harsh questioning of Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork was largely responsible for Bork’s failure to receive confirmation.
    The link takes one to the specific information about Judge Bork’s nomination.

  • John Lake

    Actually you have a point. While running for the president in 1986, Biden at first supported Judge Bork, but at the insistence of Democratic supporters who were concerned about Bork’s view toward abortion, he recanted. As a result of Biden’s change of mind, Judge Bork was defeated. It might be mentioned though that Judge Bork had some unexpected answers while being questioned by the committee. I can’t imagine how this serious error missed my attention.

  • Igor


    “He was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and played a major role in seating Robert Bork on the high court.”

  • John Lake

    I beg to differ, Shawn. According to the University of Delaware website, and the late Scotty Duncan who coached their team in 1961, Biden played on the freshman football team. Biden at the time was known to refer to himself as a “half-baked halfback.”

  • Shawn

    Biden never played football at U of Del