TIME Health Care

Obama to Defend Healthcare Law in Speech Ahead of Supreme Court Ruling

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Sven Hoppe—Sven Hoppe/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images US President Barack Obama speaks at a press conference during the G7 Summit in Schloss Elmau in Elmau, Germany, 08 June 2015.

But will note "outcomes that are harder to calculate"

President Obama will use emotion to appeal to Catholic healthcare professionals in a speech about the future of American health care on Tuesday, as the future of his signature health law hangs in the balance at the Supreme Court.

In a speech before the Catholic Health Association’s annual assembly on Tuesday, Obama will tout numbers to support the controversial law, including Gallup’s estimate that the uninsured rate has fallen from 17.1% in 2013 to 11.9% in 2015 and that one in four uninsured Americans has gained coverage under the law. Some 16 million Americans, the Obama administration says, have gained coverage since the law was passed.

But he’ll also note the “outcomes that are harder to calculate” in his speech before the Catholic Health Association, days before the Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling on a challenge to whether enrollees in the law are entitled to subsidies under the law. If the justices rule against the government, the future of the law could be thrown into doubt.

“Yes, in the tally of pain and tragedy and bankruptcies that have been averted, but also in the security of a parent who can afford to take her kid to the doctor,” Obama will say. “The dignity of a grandfather who can get the preventive care he needs. The freedom of an entrepreneur who can start a new venture. The joy of a wife who thought she’d never again take her husband’s hand and go for a walk in God’s creation.”

Obama will also link the Catholic tradition of charity to American’s obligation to care for the downtrodden.“The rugged individualism that defines America has always been bound by a set of shared values; an enduring sense that we are in this together,” a preview of the speech reads. “That America is not a place where we simply ignore the poor or turn away from the sick.”

The Affordable Care Act has faced opposition from Republicans since its inception, but also from some leaders in the Catholic community who have stood firmly against portions of the law that deal with contraceptives. The Catholic Health Association, however, has supported the Affordable Care Act and even split with the United States Conference of Bishops to do so.

Obama will speak to the uphill battle the health care law has faced on Tuesday saying, “five years in, what we’re talking about is no longer just a law.”

“This isn’t about the Affordable Care Act,” he planned to say. “This isn’t about Obamacare. This isn’t about myths or rumors that won’t go away.”

Obama has repeatedly insisted that so-called myths and rumors are partially to blame for the case that is currently awaiting a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. During a press conference on Monday after the G7 Summit, Obama said the case “probably shouldn’t even have been taken up.”

“If, in fact, you have a contorted reading of the statute that says federal-run exchanges don’t provide subsidies for folks who are participating in those exchanges, then that throws off how that exchange operates,” Obama said Monday. ”It’s a bad idea. It’s not something that should be done based on a twisted interpretation of four words in — as we were reminded repeatedly — a couple-thousand-page piece of legislation.”




TIME vice president

Vice President Joe Biden Thanks Public for ‘Compassion’ After Son’s Death

"Your love & admiration for Beau has touched us beyond measure"

Vice President Joe Biden tweeted his and his family’s gratitude for the outpouring of “kindness and compassion” they’ve received in the wake of his son Beau’s death.

Beau Biden was laid to rest this Saturday following three days of public events, at which thousands joined the Biden family in mourning his death. The vice president’s eldest son was 46 years old when he died in late May of brain cancer.

At his funeral mass on Saturday, President Obama said Beau, “did in 46 years what most of us couldn’t do in 146. He left nothing in the tank.”

Read more: Read the full text of President Obama’s heartfelt eulogy

TIME celebrities

Beyonce Announces She’s Vegan, BeyHive Attacks

Beyonce appeared on Good Morning America to announce that she's eating more plants

On this day, June the 8th, year of our lord two-thousand and fifteen, the Queen of all things pop, culture, and flawlessness, Beyonce, delivered an important message to her many (and we do mean, many) loyal subjects.

She trying veganism (again). Or at least, she’s adopted a plant-based diet in her latest effort to control her weight.

The singer and avowed Popeyes enthusiast announced with great fanfare that she’s struggled for years with her diet, but after taking up a challenge to adopt veganism, she’s feeling better about herself than ever before.

“I am not naturally the thinnest woman,” the singer said in a segment on Good Morning America. “And I have struggled since a young age with diets. And finding something that actually works for me and actually keep – keeps the weight off has been difficult for me.”

Followers of the singer may recall that Queen Bey adopted a similar lifestyle change in 2013 after husband Jay Z’s 44th birthday. The two took a 22-day challenge to eat more plant-based meals, posting blog posts and Instagrams to keep followers posted on their diet changes. On Monday, she suggested that more people adopt the practice.

Fans, however, were not impressed.

In fact, they were seriously ticked off, taking to social media to express their disdain. The anger largely stemmed from the elusive teaser video Sunday night. Could it be a concert, fans wondered. Is she pregnant again? Going on tour? Nope, she’s just eating more lettuce.

Needless to say, the Beyhive — the adopted name of Beyonce’s loyal fanbase — let their displeasure be known:

TIME White House

Obama Says Cybersecurity Woes Will Get Worse Before They Get Better

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Sven Hoppe — AP Images U.S. President Barack Obama delivers a press conference during the G7 summit at Elmau Castle in Elmau, Germany, on June 7, 2015

"The problem is not going to go away"

U.S. President Barack Obama said Monday that the recent cyberattack that put millions of federal workers’ personal information in jeopardy was another indication of the “vulnerability” of government systems. And until Washington responds in a concrete way, he added, such problems are only going to proliferate.

“We have known for a long time that there are significant vulnerabilities,” Obama said during a press conference after the G7 summit in Germany. “And these vulnerabilities are going to accelerate for a long time.”

The President called on Congress to pass cybersecurity legislation that he says would address some of the vulnerabilities faced by government systems. He also touted his own administration’s efforts to update old systems to better protect against such problems, including the government’s anti-hacking Einstein program, which detected the latest breach.

Obama would not comment on whether or not Chinese actors were behind the attack on the Office of Personnel Management, which is essentially the federal government’s human resources department. Some 4 million former and current federal employees are at risk of having their information stolen. U.S. officials said last Thursday that they believe the attack was launched from China, but as TIME’s Mark Thompson points out they have not yet laid out evidence to confirm that’s the case. In a piece Friday, Thompson found:

While U.S. officials have linked the thefts to China because of the peculiar hacking techniques and computer addresses involved, they haven’t been able to come up with a motive. The data haven’t shown up on the black market. China denied any role in the hack. “If you keep using the words ‘maybe’ or ‘perhaps’ without making a thorough study, this is irresponsible and unscientific,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said.

“The problem is not going to go away,” Obama said Monday, adding that the U.S. has to be as “nimble, aggressive, and well-resourced” as those trying to break into these systems.

TIME Military

Obama Says ‘No Complete Strategy’ for Training Iraqis to Fight ISIS

“We do not yet have a complete strategy,” Obama said during a G7 press conference

President Obama said Monday the U.S. does not have a “complete strategy” for training and recruiting Iraqi forces to ultimately defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria, or ISIS.

“We do not yet have a complete strategy,” Obama said, shifting part of the blame to leaders in Iraq who he said also needed to make commitments in regard to training before a plan could be finalized.

Speaking during a wide-ranging press conference following the G7 summit, a gathering of leaders of the world’s biggest economies, Obama said the U.S. is “reviewing a range of plans” to properly train Iraqi forces.

The President said “significant progress had been made” in pushing back against ISIS as the terror group gains more stronghold in parts of Iraq in Syria but that the U.S. needed to improve the “speed at which we’re training Iraqi forces” and efforts to recruit forces for training.

Obama’s previous statements about not having a plan to defeat ISIS have been the source of political contention for quite some time. Monday’s statements came in the wake of discussions with world leaders and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq about the world’s efforts to defeat the terror group as they’re reach in the region grows.

Obama and Abadi met for a meeting earlier on Monday where Obama said the U.S. would continue to provide assistance to the Iraqi people though no additional military commitments were made. The Prime Minister has been vocal about the need for more assistance from the U.S., saying recently Obama and other leaders are not doing enough to fight the terror group.

“As long Minister Abadi and the government stay committed to an inclusive approach,” Obama said while meeting with the Prime Minister. “I am absolutely confident that we will be successful.”

The effort to defeat ISIS was a major topic of discussion at the G7 summit, as was the ongoing sanctions regime against Russia. Obama said Monday that there was a “strong consensus” among G7 partners that they need to keep pushing Russia and Ukraine to agree to the terms laid out in the Minsk agreements, but until those obligations are met sanctions will remain in place

The people of Russia, Obama said, are “suffering” under the sanctions, but the “best way for them to stop suffering is if the Minsk agreement is fully implemented.”

Read More: Congress Takes Tiny Step Toward Authorizing Anti-ISIS War

TIME Burma

Malala Says Burma’s Rohingya Muslims ‘Deserve Citizenship’

"They deserve to be treated like we all deserve to be treated—with dignity and respect"

Activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai is standing with the Rohingya people of Burma and calling on world leaders to demand an end to their persecution.

“I call on the leaders of Myanmar and the world to take immediate action to halt the inhuman persecution of Burma’s Muslim minority Rohingya people,” Yousafzai said in a statement.

“The Rohingyas deserve citizenship in the country where they were born and have lived for generations,” she added.“They deserve equal rights and opportunities. They deserve to be treated like we all deserve to be treated—with dignity and respect. Today and every day, I stand with the Rohingyas, and I encourage people everywhere to do so,” she said.

The Rohingyas are fleeing Burma en masse and have faced years of persecution considered by many to be a form of ethnic cleansing. The United Nations considers the Rohingyas one of the world’s most persecuted minorities.

MORE Burma’s Nowhere People

TIME Crime

Texas Teen Says Cops in Pool Party Fracas Were Driven by Race

One officer is on leave after pulling his gun on the young girls

A Texas teen says she believes the police officer who got violent with a teenage girl at a Dallas area pool party over the weekend was driven by racial prejudice.

Jahda Bakari, 13, recorded the now widely-watched video of a white police officer dragging a young black girl in a bikini by her hair and sitting on her back during an arrest. At one point the officer can be seen pulling his gun on a group of teens that attempted to intervene.

“I honestly believe it was about race because mostly they did nothing to the Caucasians,” Bakari said, according to CBS News.

Police were reportedly responding to calls about kids at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool in McKinney, Texas. The community is mostly white, but a lot of the kids at the pool party were black. According to the McKinney Police Department, the officers said they “encountered a large crowd that refused to comply with police commands.”

Bakari said she believed the officer, who is now on administrative leave, was going to hurt someone.

The video of the violent encounter led local officials to launch an investigation into the officers’ response, and one officer has been placed on administrative leave.


TIME Crime

New Jersey Concert Turns Chaotic With Arrests

Concertgoers clashed with police outside Summer Jam concert

Officers clashed with concertgoers in New Jersey on Sunday night when attendees reportedly made attempts to jump a gate at MetLife Stadium.

Several people were arrested outside of the Hot 97 Summer Jam concert, according to the North Jersey News website, following a melee that led police in riot gear to shoot pepper spray at the angry crowd. Attendees reportedly threw bottles at police officers and officers responded with force.

The Hot 97 Summer Jam concert, an annual hip hop and R&B show, drew huge crowds with artists including Kendrick Lamar, Chris Brown and Big Sean headlining. The attractive line-up led the show to sell out early, according to a spokesperson, which angered some attendees standing in line for box-office tickets.

“When fans realized tickets were not available at the box office, a small number of people created an unsafe environment, and for the safety of all guests, the New Jersey State Police were on scene to disperse the crowd,” a spokesperson for Emmis New York, which owns Hot 97, told NorthJerseynews.com. “The gates were closed at that time. No further entry was permitted into the event.”

Concertgoers told CNN slow security lines also angered patrons, many of whom had tickets. The creeping lines reportedly blocked many from entering the show.

Despite the scene outside of the stadium, the concert carried on.

TIME global trade

3 Things to Watch at the G7 Summit

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Stephen Crowley—Reuters Leaders from the Group of Seven (G7) industrial nations hold a working dinner in the Bavarian village of Kruen, Germany, on June 7, 2015.

On the agenda: Ukraine, ISIS, and Iran

President Obama is joining world leaders in Germany to discuss a wide range of global issues.

Along with the heads of the U.K., Canada, France, Germany, Italy and the European Union, Obama will talk about the global economy and climate change. Obama will also press his colleagues to keep the pressure up on Russia and Iran.

Here are three key things to watch for during the summit.

Talks on Ukraine-Russia

This year’s summit will be the second that excludes Russia and it occurs amid an escalation in violence in Eastern Ukraine. Fighting between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian soldiers broke out earlier this week, killing and wounding dozens and delivering a fresh blow to the cease-fire both sides agreed to earlier this year. On Friday, Obama and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko expressed “deep concern” about the ongoing crisis via telephone ahead of the summit. Obama pledged continued commitment to a diplomatic solution to the conflict, though administration officials said Thursday until a diplomatic agreement is reached sanctions against Russia should remain. “It’s very important coming out of these G7 meetings that the world is seen as speaking with one voice in support of those important consequences that have been imposed on Russia, and to demonstrate that Russia will continue to face those sanctions until a diplomatic solution is fully implemented,” said Ben Rhodes, the deputy national security advisor for strategic communications.


The G7 summit will be the last time several key countries involved in nuclear negotiations with Iran will come together before a June 30 deadline on a deal. Obama is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with both Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom in which he’ll likely address the issue of Iran. French President Francois Hollande will also be in attendance. Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to Switzerland last week where he met with the Iranian Prime Minister in an attempt to end the ongoing negotiations and officials are still working on the deal in Vienna. At risk of further complicating negotiations is a recent report noted by the New York Times that Iran’s nuclear stockpiles have increased by 20% over the past 18 months—despite the Obama administration’s insistence that Iran had paused their program during the nuclear talks. Rhodes said Thursday the leaders will meet to ensure that they are in “lockstep” at the negotiating table.

Global Terror Threats

Though there will be plenty of working sessions about the global economy, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq will be in attendance to discuss the strategy to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria. Obama and other world leaders are set to sit down with Abadi to discuss efforts to degrade ISIS and also discuss efforts to train Iraqi security forces. The meeting will be the first since ISIS forces captured Ramadi. The meeting also comes in the wake of critical statements from both sides. Members of the Obama Administration who have said that Iraqi military forces need to have the “will” to fight ISIS themselves. Prime Minister Abadi has said the Obama administration isn’t doing enough to help Iraq fight the terror group. Leaders from Nigeria and Tunisia will also be in attendance. The Tunisian president recently visited the White House, with Obama praising the country for its turnaround since the Arab Spring. The trip is President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria’s first as the newly inaugurated leader of the country and it comes as the amount of territory occupied by the Islamist terror group Boko Haram continues to shrink.

TIME People

Read the Full Text of President Obama’s Eulogy at Beau Biden’s Funeral

President Obama delivered a heartfelt eulogy at Beau Biden’s funeral in Delaware on Saturday.

Here is a full transcript of his remarks, as delivered:

“A man,” wrote an Irish poet, “is original when he speaks the truth that has always been known to all good men.” Beau Biden was an original. He was a good man. A man of character. A man who loved deeply, and was loved in return.

Your Eminences, your Excellencies, General Odierno, distinguished guests; to Hallie, Natalie and Hunter; to Hunter, Kathleen, Ashley, Howard; the rest of Beau’s beautiful family, friends, colleagues; to Jill and to Joe — we are here to grieve with you, but more importantly, we are here because we love you.

Without love, life can be cold and it can be cruel. Sometimes cruelty is deliberate –- the action of bullies or bigots, or the inaction of those indifferent to another’s pain. But often, cruelty is simply born of life, a matter of fate or God’s will, beyond our mortal powers to comprehend. To suffer such faceless, seemingly random cruelty can harden the softest hearts, or shrink the sturdiest. It can make one mean, or bitter, or full of self-pity. Or, to paraphrase an old proverb, it can make you beg for a lighter burden.

But if you’re strong enough, it can also make you ask God for broader shoulders; shoulders broad enough to bear not only your own burdens, but the burdens of others; shoulders broad enough to shield those who need shelter the most.

To know Beau Biden is to know which choice he made in his life. To know Joe and the rest of the Biden family is to understand why Beau lived the life he did. For Beau, a cruel twist of fate came early –- the car accident that took his mom and his sister, and confined Beau and Hunter, then still toddlers, to hospital beds at Christmastime.

But Beau was a Biden. And he learned early the Biden family rule: If you have to ask for help, it’s too late. It meant you were never alone; you don’t even have to ask, because someone is always there for you when you need them.

And so, after the accident, Aunt Valerie rushed in to care for the boys, and remained to help raise them. Joe continued public service, but shunned the parlor games of Washington, choosing instead the daily commute home, maintained for decades, that would let him meet his most cherished duty -– to see his kids off to school, to kiss them at night, to let them know that the world was stable and that there was firm ground under their feet.

As Joe himself confessed to me, he did not just do this because the kids needed him. He did it because he needed those kids. And somehow, Beau sensed that -– how understandably and deeply hurt his family and his father was. And so, rather than use his childhood trauma as justification for a life of self-pity or self-centeredness, that very young boy made a very grown-up decision: He would live a life of meaning. He would live a life for others. He would ask God for broader shoulders.

Beau would guide and look out for his younger brother. He would embrace his new mom –- apparently, the two boys sheepishly asking their father when they could all marry Jill -– and throughout his life, no one would make Jill laugh harder. He would look after their baby sister, Ashley. He would forever be the one to do the right thing, careful not to give his family or his friends cause for concern.

It’s no secret that a lot of what made Beau the way he was was just how much he loved and admired his dad. He studied law, like his dad, even choosing the same law school. He chased public service, like his dad, believing it to be a noble and important pursuit. From his dad, he learned how to get back up when life knocked him down. He learned that he was no higher than anybody else, and no lower than anybody else –- something Joe got from his mom, by the way. And he learned how to make everybody else feel like we matter, because his dad taught him that everybody matters.

He even looked and sounded like Joe, although I think Joe would be first to acknowledge that Beau was an upgrade — Joe 2.0. (Laughter.) But as much as Beau reminded folks of Joe, he was very much his own man. He was an original.

Here was a scion of an incredible family who brushed away the possibility of privilege for the harder, better reward of earning his own way. Here was a soldier who dodged glory, and exuded true humility. A prosecutor who defended the defenseless. The rare politician who collected more fans than foes, and the rarer public figure who prioritized his private life above all else.

Beau didn’t cut corners. He turned down an appointment to be Delaware’s attorney general so he could win it fair and square. When the field was clear for him to run for the Senate, he chose to finish his job as A.G. instead. He didn’t do these things to gain favor with a cynical public –- it’s just who he was. In his twenties, he and a friend were stopped for speeding outside Scranton. And the officer recognized the name on the license, and because he was a fan of Joe’s work with law enforcement he wanted to let Beau off with a warning. But Beau made him write that ticket. Beau didn’t trade on his name.

After 9/11, he joined the National Guard. He felt it was his obligation -– part of what those broader shoulders are for. He did his duty to his country and deployed to Iraq, and General Odierno eloquently spoke to Major Biden’s service. What I can tell you is when he was loading up to ship out at Dover, there was a lot of press that wanted to interview him. Beau refused. He was just another soldier.

I saw him when I visited Iraq; he conducted himself the same way. His deployment was hard on Hallie and the kids, like it was for so many families over the last 14 years. It was hard on Joe, hard on Jill. That’s partly why Jill threw herself into her work with military families with so much intensity. That’s how you know when Joe thunders “may God protect our troops” in every speech he does, he means it so deeply.

Like his father, Beau did not have a mean bone in his body. The cruelty he’d endured in his life didn’t make him hard, it made him compassionate, empathetic. But it did make him abhor bullies.

Beau’s grandfather, Joe’s father, believed that the most egregious sin was to abuse your power to inflict pain on another. So Beau squared his broad shoulders to protect people from that kind of abuse. He fought for homeowners who were cheated, seniors who were scammed. He even went after bullying itself. He set up a Child Protector — Predator Task Force, convicted more than 200 of those who targeted vulnerable children. And in all this, he did it in a way that was alive to the suffering of others, bringing in experts to help spare both the children and their parents further trauma.

That’s who Beau was. Someone who cared. Someone who charmed you, and disarmed you, and put you at ease. When he’d have to attend a fancy fundraiser with people who took themselves way too seriously, he’d walk over to you and whisper something wildly inappropriate in your ear. (Laughter.) The son of a senator, a Major in the Army, the most popular elected official in Delaware –- I’m sorry, Joe –- (laughter) — but he was not above dancing in nothing but a sombrero and shorts at Thanksgiving if it would shake loose a laugh from the people he loved. And through it all, he was the consummate public servant, a notebook in his back pocket at all times so he could write down the problems of everyone he met and go back to the office to get them fixed.

Because he was a Biden, the titles that come with family -– husband, father, son, brother, uncle -– those were the ones Beau valued above any other. This was a man who, at the Democratic National Convention, didn’t spend all his time in backrooms with donors or glad-handing. Instead, he rode the escalators in the arena with his son, up and down, up and down, again and again, knowing, just like Joe had learned, what ultimately mattered in life.

You know, anyone can make a name for themselves in this reality TV age, especially in today’s politics. If you’re loud enough or controversial enough, you can get some attention. But to make that name mean something, to have it associated with dignity and integrity –- that is rare. There’s no shortcut to get it. It’s not something you can buy. But if you do right by your children, maybe you can pass it on. And what greater inheritance is there? What greater inheritance than to be part of a family that passes on the values of what it means to be a great parent; that passes on the values of what it means to be a true citizen; that passes on the values of what it means to give back, fully and freely, without expecting anything in return?

That’s what our country was built on –- men like Beau. That’s who built it –- families like this. We don’t have kings or queens or lords. We don’t have to be born into money to have an impact. We don’t have to step on one another to be successful. We have this remarkable privilege of being able to earn what we get out of life, with the knowledge that we are no higher than anybody else, or lower than anybody else. We know this not just because it is in our founding documents, but because families like the Bidens have made it so, because people like Beau have made it so.

He did in 46 years what most of us couldn’t do in 146. He left nothing in the tank. He was a man who led a life where the means were as important as the ends. And the example he set made you want to be a better dad, or a better son, or a better brother or sister, better at your job, the better soldier. He made you want to be a better person. Isn’t that finally the measure of a man -– the way he lives, how he treats others, no matter what life may throw at him?

We do not know how long we’ve got here. We don’t know when fate will intervene. We cannot discern God’s plan. What we do know is that with every minute that we’ve got, we can live our lives in a way that takes nothing for granted. We can love deeply. We can help people who need help. We can teach our children what matters, and pass on empathy and compassion and selflessness. We can teach them to have broad shoulders.

To the Biden family, this sprawling, intimate clan –- I know that Beau’s passing has left a gaping void in the world. Hallie, I can only imagine the burdens that you’ve been carrying on your shoulders these past couple of years. And it’s because you gave him everything that he could give everything to us. And just as you were there for him, we’ll be there for you.

To Natalie and Hunter –- there aren’t words big enough to describe how much your dad loved you, how much he loved your mom. But I will tell you what, Michelle and I and Sasha and Malia, we’ve become part of the Biden clan. We’re honorary members now. And the Biden family rule applies. We’re always here for you, we always will be — my word as a Biden. (Laughter.)

To Joe and Jill –- just like everybody else here, Michelle and I thank God you are in our lives. Taking this ride with you is one of the great pleasures of our lives. Joe, you are my brother. And I’m grateful every day that you’ve got such a big heart, and a big soul, and those broad shoulders. I couldn’t admire you more.

I got to know Joe’s mom, Catherine Eugenia Finnegan Biden, before she passed away. She was on stage with us when we were first elected. And I know she told Joe once that out of everything bad that happens to you, something good will come if you look hard enough. And I suppose she was channeling that same Irish poet with whom I began today, Patrick Kavanagh, when he wrote, “And I said, let grief be a fallen leaf at the dawning of the day.”

As hard as it is right now, through all the heartache and through all the tears, it is our obligation to Beau to think not about what was and what might have been, but instead to think about what is, because of him. Think about the day that dawns for children who are safer because of Beau, whose lives are fuller, because of him. Think about the day that dawns for parents who rest easier, and families who are freer, because of him. Some folks may never know that their lives are better because of Beau Biden. But that’s okay. Certainly for Beau, acclaim was never the point of public service.

But the lines of well-wishers who’ve been here all week — they know. The White House mailroom that’s been overflowing with letters from people — those folks know. The soldiers who served with Beau, who joined the National Guard because of him. The workers at Verdi’s who still have their home because of him, and who thanked him for helping them bus tables one busy night. The students in Newark who remember the time he talked with them for hours, inexhaustible, even after giving a speech, even after taking his National Guard fitness test. The Rehoboth woman who’s saved a kind voicemail from him for five years, and wrote to say “I loved the way he loved his family.” And the stranger who wrote from halfway across this great country just to say, “The only thing we can hope for is that our children make us proud by making a difference in the world. Beau has done that and then some. The world noticed.”

Jill, Joe, Hallie, Hunter and Natalie — the world noticed. They noticed. They felt it, his presence. And Beau lives on in the lives of others. And isn’t that the whole point of our time here? To make this country we love fairer and more just, not just for Natalie and Hunter, or Naomi, or Finnegan, or Maisy, or Malia, or Sasha, but for every child? Isn’t that what this amazing journey we’ve been on is all about -– to make life better for the next generation?

Beau figured that out so early in life. What an inheritance Beau left us. What an example he set.

“Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire,” said Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. “But, above all, we have learned that whether a man accepts from Fortune her spade, and will look downward and dig, or from Aspiration her axe and cord, and will scale the ice, the one and only success which it is his to command is to bring to his work a mighty heart.”

Beau Biden brought to his work a mighty heart. He brought to his family a mighty heart. What a good man. What an original.

May God bless his memory, and the lives of all he touched.

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