There has been much speculation over the past several months about whether or not Vice President Joe Biden will run for the Democratic nomination and to be the next President of the United States. Vice President Biden is a crowd favorite; his “tell it like it is approach” and “relatable demeanor” is a welcomed change from the typical style of many Politicians. Biden has said that he believes anyone who attempts to take on such an important role should be able to let the American people know that their entire heart, soul and passion are committed to the job; he admits that he is just not there.
Vice President Biden is “not there” probably because he is still mourning the death of his beloved son Beau Biden. You would have to be living under a rock not to know that Beau died recently to brain cancer at the young age of 46. However, you might not know that Vice President Joe Biden is not mourning the death of a child for the first time. Back in 1972 Joe’s wife and young daughter tragically died in a car crash. His two sons survived the crash, but were badly injured. When discussing that experience the Vice President said that for the first time in his life, he understood how someone could consciously decide to commit suicide. He had just won his first seat in the Senate and amongst this great victory he was experiencing probably one of the worst things that can happen to a person.
I did some research on the Vice President and discovered that he also survived two brain surgeries as a result of aneurysms back in the late eighties. I thought about all this man has endured and wondered, “Why in the world would he even contemplate running for the Presidency”? He is almost 73 years old, survived some of the most brutal experiences that life can throw at you and now we want him to endure all the chaos that comes with a Presidency bid?
But I thought about the qualities that make the Vice President so relatable so real. He seems to understand that Life is a journey that comes with the good and the bad. He seems to understand that as difficult of a journey his life has been at times, there are others experiencing similar fates. But not only that, I see “Life Survivor” in Joe Biden. Although he has experienced much tragedy, he chooses to see some positive. He said, “There will come a day when the thought of your son or daughter, or your husband or wife, brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eyes”. I love this perspective and would love to see Mr. Biden run for the Presidency, but I certainly wouldn’t “be mad” at him if he didn’t :o)