Entries in Vice President Joe Biden (6)


Biden Calls Marathon Bombers ‘Twisted Perverted Cowardly Knockoff Jihadis’

Alex Wong/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Vice President Biden spoke at Wednesday’s memorial service for Sean Collier, the MIT police officer who was allegedly killed by the Boston Marathon bombers.

Biden told the crowd that terrorism was doomed to fail, and spoke of the resilience of Boston.

“On every frontier, terrorism as a weapon is losing, it is not gaining adherents,” he said.

Biden called the two suspects “twisted perverted cowardly knock off jihadis,” and stressed that they had not achieved their goals of instilling fear in Bostonians. “The purpose of terrorism is to instill fear. You saw none of it here in Boston. Boston, you sent a powerful message to the world.”

“Next year's Boston Marathon will be bigger, more spectacular and attended by more people than any marathon in the history of the United States of America, cause that's who you are,” the vice president said.

Biden honored the dead and injured, telling the crowd that his message “is embrace the memories of those beautiful people we lost in the bombing. Stand by and help and support the hundreds who were injured and honor... honor this hero, Sean.”

MIT Police Chief John DiFava also spoke, and said Collier was the same person in uniform as out of uniform.

“His caring and compassion was genuine without duplicity and because of this depth of character he was able to achieve a level of trust with people of all backgrounds that was truly remarkable,” DiFava said.

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Joe Biden Admits He, Others Advised Against Osama bin Laden Raid

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) -- On the campaign trail, President Obama has been touting his administration's taking out of Osama bin Laden, but during remarks at a Democratic congressional retreat this weekend, Vice President Joe Biden confessed it's former CIA director Leon Panetta who deserves much of the credit. The Vice President admitted he personally advised President Obama not to launch the mission that ultimately killed Osama bin Laden last spring.

Biden explained that when it came time to make the final decision, he had some lingering uncertainties about whether the 9/11 mastermind was in the suspected compound in Pakistan, and when the president asked his top advisers for their final opinion on the mission, all of them were hesitant, except for the former CIA director, now Defense Secretary Panetta, Biden said.

“Every single person in that room hedged their bet except Leon Panetta. Leon said go. Everyone else said, 49, 51,” Biden said, as he offered the unsolicited details of the decision-making process.

“He got to me. He said, ‘Joe, what do you think?’ And I said, ‘You know, I didn’t know we had so many economists around the table.’ I said, ‘We owe the man a direct answer. Mr. President, my suggestion is, don’t go. We have to do two more things to see if he’s there,’” Biden recalled.

The vice president did not explain what those "two more things" were. Instead, Obama admitted to  "sleeping on" Panetta's advice for one of the most critical missions in modern American military history, and some 16 hours later, the president gave National Security Adviser Tom Donilon the “go” to launch the daring SEAL raid of the compound.

“He knew what was at stake, not just the lives of those brave warriors, but literally the presidency,” Biden said.

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Bidens Visit Wounded Troops on Christmas

Official White House Photo by David Lienemann(WASHINGTON) -- While President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama spent part of their Christmas day visiting with troops and their families in Hawaii, Vice President Biden and his wife, Jill, spent some of their Christmas day at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

The White House released an official photo of the visit.

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Biden at Japanese Embassy Offers Condolences, Continued Assistance

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Vice President Biden made an unannounced visit Tuesday to the Japanese Embassy in Washington, where he left a message in the same condolence book that President Obama signed when he visited last week.

The Japanese ambassador to the United States, Ichiro Fujisaki, greeted the vice president, who told him, “We're going to stand with you.”

Fujisaki thanked Biden for the U.S. assistance since the earthquake on March 11. “It means a lot to us, we really appreciate it,” he said.

After a brief private conversation with the ambassador, Biden gave a short statement to the press pool that traveled with him to the embassy.

“It is almost beyond the ability of the human mind to understand the devastation of this natural disaster,” Biden said.

“What is equally hard to the resolve of the Japanese people,” he continued. “The stoicism in the face just an unimaginable tragedy.”

The vice president said that people around the world have been amazed by the “resolve the Japanese people, the orderly way in which they are dealing with” the continuing crisis.

He reiterated that “America will stand with Japan and do whatever we can to be of assistance.”

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Federal Railroad Officials Abandon Stranded Train

Spencer Platt/Getty Images (file)(WILMINGTON, Del.) -- Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman had an appointment to keep, and he wasn’t going to let the massive power outage that occurred Saturday on his rail line’s Northeast Corridor stop him; neither were Federal Railroad Administration chief Joseph Szabo or Amtrak board member Jeff Moreland.

The three were expected at the gala unveiling of the newly re-named “Joe Biden” train station in Wilmington, Delaware, Saturday afternoon but they found themselves among the thousands of other Amtrak passengers who were temporarily stranded on trains along the popular Washington, D.C., to New York route.

Boardman, Szabo and Moreland -- who heard just hours before that Vice President Biden was slated to make an unscheduled appearance at Saturday’s event -- abandoned a stranded Acela Express train at Baltimore’s Penn Station where an awaiting car ferried them to Wilmington.

The three railroad leaders – who were seated comfortably in the train’s First Class car and had just finished a light breakfast when the train suddenly stopped and lost power just after 9:30 a.m. – were escorted from the coach by security guards and a small entourage of assistants.

What the rail company’s CEO and his counterparts left behind was a train that remained stranded in Baltimore for more than two-and-a-half hours as Amtrak engineers scrambled to repair a broken transformer outside of Philadelphia. The train, like many others, lost electricity, including the power to flush toilets. Passengers were allowed to stretch their legs on the station’s platform.

Others followed the railroad officials’ lead -- frantically arranging to rent cars or find transportation to an airport. The train that the three were riding, which left Washington at 9 a.m. began moving again at 12:28 p.m. -- roughly 2 hours and 45 minutes behind schedule.

Boardman said the incident highlighted the need to overhaul the entire power system along the Northeast Corridor -- the busiest in the country and said Amtrak recently filed an application with the Federal Railroad Administration to make such improvements.

The Wilmington station, which now bears Biden’s name, recently underwent a two-year $37 million renovation, paid for with a combination of funds from Amtrak, the government's stimulus program and the state of Delaware. Saturday’s event featured tours of the station, “food and refreshments” and even a performance by the Wilmington Children’s’ Chorus.

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Vice President Biden Reports for Jury Duty in Delaware

Photo Courtesy - Pete Souza/The White House(WILMINGTON, Del.) -- Vice President Joe Biden’s office said Monday morning the vice president reported for jury duty with the Superior Court of Delaware at the New Castle County Courthouse in Wilmington.

"I don't consider myself different than any other person," Biden told The News Journal of Wilmington. "This is important ... It is an honor to be a part of the system."

Biden’s hometown paper reported the vice president chatted with other potential jurors in the waiting room and said that he had to make some phone calls during a break, including one to President Obama.

This time last year, it was President Obama who received a jury summons but unlike Biden, the president told the suburban Chicago courthouse that he would not be able to serve.

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