‘Kiddo, you got to get involved:’ Joe Biden comes to Newark to debut memoir

On Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden released his memoir, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.”

NEWARK — He shared the pain of losing his son to brain cancer.

He talked about awe of working with the brightest person he’s ever known — the first black president of the United States.

And he echoed the words of his late Irish-Catholic mother: “Don’t think you are so special that somehow you are immune from all the things that happen in life.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden came to Newark Tuesday to speak about his new memoir, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose,” which narrates his journey through grief and a historic White House administration.

“Hope really, really matters but you don’t know where to look for it; you don’t know whether it’s ever going to come,” said Biden, speaking at Audible headquarters to a roomful of employees and high school interns. “Even though it’s a year later, you feel just as down as the day you got the news. There is a way through it and the way to get through it is with a sense of purpose, to begin to do something that matters.”

His memoir was released Tuesday. The audiobook, produced by Audible and narrated by Biden, is also available for download.

“It gave hope to us,” said Lynn Yeboah, 16, a junior at North Star Academy. “For a politician to tell us that we can make it, we can do whatever we put our mind to, is really good for us as people of color and a lot of women in the room.”

Biden spoke with ease for more than an hour, weaving in and out of stories about his parents, his kids and the time he told Russian President Vladimir Putin he “had no soul.”

“He did not take it as an insult,” Biden said, “He said, ‘We understand one another.’ That’s a long way to get to the short answer which is there’s still an ability to work with someone who is not from our value set.”

Biden, often called “middle-class Joe,” spoke candidly about his working class upbringing and his family’s emphasis on integrity and respect. He said his book was meant to tell the world about his remarkable son, Beau, but more importantly, to bring people who have loved and lost, some hope.

“When you are the recipient of empathy, you know how important it is,” he said. “You have an obligation to return it.”

For the high schoolers who heard Biden’s message, they said they were surprised by how deeply personal his stories were.

“He opened up and we saw a different side of him,” said Micaela Generali, 17, of Science Park High. “I’m Hispanic and a lot of people would think, ‘Oh you don’t relate with a politician white guy,’ but honestly I did relate with him, I really did.”

Generali was one of 30 high school interns from North Star and Science Park High School in Newark who …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real-Time News


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