On Tuesday, one day before his inauguration as the 46th president of the United States, US president Joe Biden delivered a speech with emotion, fighting back the tears as he commemorated his dead son Beau and thanked his home state of Delaware.
Meanwhile, outgoing President Donald Trump said he “will pray” for the success of the upcoming administration. Trump wished Biden “luck”.
“I only regret one thing, that he is not here,” Biden said during his speech, referring to his son Beau, who died of a brain tumour in 2015 at the age of 46. “Because we should have introduced him as president. “
Biden shot to the ground during the speech in his home state of Delaware, which he represented as a senator for more than three decades.
“Excuse me for the emotion, but when I die, Delaware will be written on my heart,” said the 78-year-old president-to-be. The speech was part of a farewell event before Biden leaves for Washington for his inauguration.
Biden is known in the US as someone who does not hide his emotions, especially around the many losses in his family sphere he has experienced.
Biden is in stark contrast to President Trump, who has distinguished himself in recent years mainly through his fierce verbal attacks on political opponents and the media.