VP Biden's mother laid to rest

    The Biden’s bid farewell to family matriarch Jean Finnegan Biden.

    A who’s who of American elected officials was in Delaware Tuesday, attending the funeral mass for Vice President Joe Biden’s mother.

    President and Mrs. Obama along with former President Clinton, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and a number of elected officials attended today’s service for Jean Finnegan Biden.  The 92-year-old mother of the vice president died on Friday.  In his eulogy, Biden said his mother taught her children and grandchildren to believe in themselves and to maintain their honor.

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    “Mom taught us that courage was not defined by the lack of fear, but by the willingness to act in spite of your fears,  that bravery lived in each of our hearts, and that her expectation was, that we would be summoned to reach for it when necessary.”

    Biden said one of his mother’s favorite pictures was from election night 2008, when she had President Obama on one arm and her son on the other.  He thanked the president for treating his mother with warmth and personal affection.  “It warmed my  heart, and it did hers as well.”

    About 450 attended the service at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Wilmington.

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