Biden Faces One More Inflection Point After a Life of Struggle
“I have not been as good as I could be.”
The Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was asked his secret to success in an interview last week with Oprah Winfrey’s show. He has admitted to struggles with memory, and it took him years to overcome them. As he explained to Winfrey, “I have not been as good as I could be.” It was an emotional moment. When you have a long and storied career, every career move carries some level of emotion. For many people, it is a time to reflect and to be vulnerable. In Biden’s case, his life has been a long and winding road that has included several heartbreaks and tragedies. Some people might point to his wife’s death and how that shaped his life. Others might look at the loss of his son, Beau, at age 4, and the fact that he has two daughters. I am reminded of the words of the president, Abraham Lincoln: “You cannot keep a good man down. You can only manage to keep the bad ones up,” I always thought.
In many ways, what Biden went through has been typical of a life that has seen its times of ups and downs, highs and lows, but also great successes. He grew up on the south side of Chicago and is the youngest of ten siblings. When it comes to politics and the news, he is often at the center of the action. He served as vice president under his great friend President Barack Obama, he has worked for decades in public service, but has also worked hard to succeed in his career.
He entered public life in 1972 when he was elected to the Senate at the age of 26, after working as a civil rights lawyer in the South. He was elected to the Senate for one term after Barack Obama, then a freshman senator, was elected president of the United States. Biden was a key player in the Supreme Court of Barack Obama’s first term. The first person of color to serve on the Supreme Court, he worked with