- NAME: Joe Biden
- OCCUPATION: U.S. Vice President, U.S. Representative
- BIRTH DATE: November 20, 1942 (Age: 71)
- EDUCATION: University of Delaware, Syracuse University Law School, St. Helena School, St. Paul's Elementary School, Archmere Academy
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Scranton, Pennsylvania
- Full Name: Jospeh Robinette Biden Jr.
- AKA: Joe Biden
- AKA: Jospeh Robinette Biden
- AKA: Jospeh Biden
- ZODIAC SIGN: Scorpio
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Former Delaware Senator Joe Biden was elected the 47th U.S. vice president with President Barack Obama in 2008. He earned a second term as vice president when Obama was re-elected to the presidency in 2012.
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On January 20, 2009, Obama was sworn in as the 44th U.S. president and Biden became the 47th vice president.
From 1973 to 2009, Biden served a distinguished Senate career. During his time in the Senate, Biden won the respect of many of his fellow Senators.
A week before Christmas in 1972, Biden's wife and three children were involved in a terrible car accident while out shopping for a Christmas tree. The accident killed his wife and daughter, and severely injured both of his sons.
Joe Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on November 20, 1942 to a working class family. He attributes much of his work ethic to the values he learned growing up.
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Born in Pennsylvania on November 20, 1942, Joe Biden briefly worked as an attorney before turning to politics. He became the fifth-youngest U.S. senator in history as well as Delaware's longest-serving senator. His 2008 presidential campaign never gained momentum, but Democratic nominee Barack Obama later selected him as his running mate. When Obama was elected in 2008,
"When the president asked me to join the ticket, I joked with him—I said, 'There's two conditions. One, I'm not gonna wear any funny hats. And two, I'm not gonna change my brand.'"
"It is my view that we cannot conduct foreign policy at the extremes."
"The devastating punch we took on September 11th still reverberates throughout American society."
"When the stock market crashed, Franklin Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened.'"
"Let's just be smart this time. I'm looking for smart."
"Now, people when I say that look at me and say, 'What are you talking about, Joe? You're telling me we have to go spend money to keep from going bankrupt?.' The answer is yes, that's what I'm telling you."
"I started my career fighting for civil rights, and to be a part of what is both a moment in American history where the best people, the best ideas, the how can I say it?—the single best reflection of the American people can be called upon—to be at that moment, with a guy who has such incredible talent and who is also a breakthrough figure in multiple ways—I genuinely find that exciting. It's a new America. It's the reflection of a new America."
"Hillary Clinton is as qualified, or more qualified, than I am to be vice president. Quite frankly, it might have been a better pick than me."
"Nobody owes you a living. But everyone's entitled to dignity."
"The moment we change, [the terrorists] win. That's the only way they win. Because what they hate about us is what we stand for."
"We have to lead not just by the example of our power, but by the power of our example."
"If you can't get the deer in three shots, you shouldn't be hunting. You are an embarrassment."
"I think [Republicans] sort of mistrust average middle-class people ... It's a little bit like, 'These folks don't know what's good for them.'"
"I didn't want the [vice president] job at first, didn't think I would particularly like it. But because of the partnership and the way the president has engaged me and used me, it's been very rewarding."
"I have found that [with] most people, candor generates trust."
"I know it sounds corny, but my definition of power is the ability to help people."
Biden became the 47th vice president of the United States. Biden earned a second term as vice president when President Obama was re-elected to the presidency in 2012.
Long before reaching one of the highest political offices in the nation, Joe Biden—born on November 20, 1942—grew up in the blue-collar city of Scranton in northeast Pennsylvania. His father, Joseph Biden Sr., worked cleaning furnaces and as a used car salesman. His mother was Catherine Eugenia "Jean" Finnegan. Biden credits his parents with instilling in him toughness, hard work and perseverance. Biden has recalled his father frequently saying, "Champ, the measure of a man is not how often he is knocked down, but how quickly he gets up." He's also said that when he would come home sullen because he had been bullied by one of the bigger kids in the neighborhood, his mother would tell him, "Bloody their nose so you can walk down the street the next day!'"
Biden attended St. Paul's Elementary School in Scranton. In 1955, when he was 13 years old, the family moved to Mayfield, Delaware—a rapidly growing middle class community sustained primarily by the nearby DuPont chemical company.
As a child, Biden struggled with a stutter, and kids called him "Dash" and "Joe Impedimenta" to mock him. He eventually overcame his speech impediment by memorizing long passages of poetry and reciting them out loud in front of the mirror. Biden attended the St. Helena School in Pennsylvania until he gained acceptance into the prestigious Archmere Academy. Although he had to work washing the school windows and weeding the gardens to help his family afford tuition, Biden had long dreamed of attending the school, which he called "the object of my deepest desire, my Oz." At Archmere, Biden was a solid student and, despite his small size, a standout receiver on the football team. "He was a skinny kid," his coach remembered, "but he was one of the best pass receivers I had in 16 years as a coach." Biden graduated from Archmere in 1961.
Biden attended the nearby University of Delaware, where he studied history and political science and played football. He would later admit that he spent his first two years of college far more interested in football, girls and parties than academics. But he also developed a sharp interest in politics during these years, spurred in part by the inspiring inauguration of John F. Kennedy in 1961.
On a spring break trip to the Bahamas during his junior year, Biden met a Syracuse University student named Neilia Hunter and, in his own words, "fell ass over tin cup in love—at first sight." Encouraged by his new love, he applied himself more fully to his studies and was accepted into the Syracuse University Law School upon his graduation from the University of Delaware in 1965. Biden and Hunter married the next year, in 1966. Biden was at best a mediocre law student.
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