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Obama Eulogizes Beau Biden as ‘an Original’

TIME

President Obama remembered Beau Biden as “a man of good character” on Saturday, eulogizing Vice President Joe Biden’s son a week after his death of brain cancer at age 46.

During his heartfelt eulogy, Obama drew from an Irish poet and said Biden was “an original. He was a good man. A man of good character. A man who loved deeply and was loved in return.”

“We are here to grieve with you, but more importantly we are here because we love you,” Obama said to the Biden family.

Throughout his eulogy, Obama was visibly moved—at times holding back tears and pausing to wipe his face. “Joe 2.0,” Obama called him—an “upgraded” version of his father. Tragedy informed the lives of both father and son: A car crash killed Joe Biden’s daughter and first wife. But tragedy made Beau Biden more compassionate and caring, Obama said, a trait he learned…

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