78-year-old Joe Biden on Tuesday suddenly became emotional during his farewell speech to his home state of Delaware as he quoted Irish poet James Joyce.
Speaking from the Major Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III National Guard Reserve Center, the president-elect focused on his love for his late son and his home state.
“I only have one regret — that he’s not here,” Biden said, pausing to wipe away tears. “Because we should be introducing him as president. But we have great opportunities. Delaware has taught us anything is possible.”
“James Joyce was said to have told a friend, that when it comes his time to pass, when he dies, he said: ‘Dublin will be written on my heart.’” Biden said.
“Well, excuse the emotion, but when I die, Delaware will be written on my heart,” Biden said.
As he departed for the nation's capital, President-elect Joe Biden gave an emotional farewell to his home state of Delaware, his voice breaking at times as he thanked the state's residents https://t.co/ix2NBTCnuR pic.twitter.com/nwNglnbAzW
— CNN (@CNN) January 19, 2021
Biden is not well.
Biden recalled how he was first elected to the New Castle County Council before being elected to the U.S. Senate, where he served for more than 30 years.
“It’s kind of emotional for me,” Biden said. “But look, you’ve been with me my whole career, from the good times to the bad. I want to thank you for everything and to my fellow Delawareans here today, on behalf of the entire Biden family, I want to express how much you mean to me and to every one of us.”
Then…Biden made a sudden emotional pivot as he attempted to quote James Joyce.
Biden makes sudden emotional pivot as he tries quoting James Joyce pic.twitter.com/9pq6IZelYD
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 19, 2021
Biden is not suitable to serve as President of the United States. How long will be last?