Joe Biden Biography
Joe Biden born Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. is an American politician who served as the 47th vice president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. Biden is a member of the Democratic Party. He represented Delaware in the U.S. Senate from 1973 to 2009.
Joe Biden became an attorney in 1969 and was elected to the New Castle County Council in 1970. Biden was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972, when he became the sixth-youngest senator in American history. He was re-elected to the upper house of Congress six times and was the fourth most senior senator when he resigned to assume the vice presidency in 2009. He was a long-time member and former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee.
In 1991, he opposed the Gulf War, but advocated U.S. and NATO intervention in the Bosnian War in 1994 and 1995. Biden voted in favor of the resolution authorizing the Iraq War in 2002 but opposed the surge of U.S. troops in 2007.
Joe Biden Education
Joe Biden attended the Archmere Academy in Claymont where he was a standout halfback/wide receiver on the high school football team; he helped lead a perennially losing team to an undefeated season in his senior year. He also played on the baseball team. During these years, Biden participated in an anti-segregation sit-in at a Wilmington theatre.
Academically, Biden was an above-average student, was considered a natural leader among the students, and was elected class president during his junior and senior years. He graduated in 1961.Joe Biden Photo
In 1965, he earned his bachelor’s from the University of Delaware, with a double major in history and political science, graduating with a class rank of 506 out of 688. His classmates were impressed by his cramming abilities, and he played halfback with the Blue Hens freshman football team.
Biden then entered Syracuse University College of Law, receiving a half scholarship based on financial need with some additional assistance based on academics. By his own description, Biden found law school to be “the biggest bore in the world” and pulled many all-nighters to get by.
During his first year in Syracuse University College of Law, Joe Biden was accused of having plagiarized five of 15 pages of a law review article. He said it was inadvertent due to his not knowing the proper rules of citation, and he was permitted to retake the course after receiving an “F” grade, which was subsequently dropped from his record (this incident would later attract attention when further plagiarism accusations emerged in 1987).
Biden received his Juris Doctor in 1968, graduating 76th of 85 in his class. He was admitted to the Delaware bar in 1969.
Joe Biden Full Name
Joe Biden full name is Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.
Joe Biden Age | How Old Is Joe Biden?
He was born on November 20, 1942 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States. He is 76 years old as of 2018.
Joe Biden Height | How Tall Is Joe Biden?
He stands at a height of 6 feet.
Joe Biden Family
Biden was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he lived for ten years before moving with his family to Delaware. He is the son of Catherine Eugenia Biden (née Finnegan) and Joseph Robinette Biden Sr. He is the first of four siblings in a Catholic family, with a sister and two brothers.
His mother was of Irish descent, with roots variously attributed to County Louth or County Londonderry. His father had been prosperous earlier in his life but suffered several business reversals by the time Biden was born. For several years the family had to live with Biden’s maternal grandparents, the Finnegans. In 1953, the family moved to an apartment in Claymont, Delaware, where they lived for a few years before moving to a house in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden’s father was then more successful as a used car salesman, and the family’s circumstances were middle class.
Biden’s paternal grandparents, Mary Elizabeth (Robinette) and Joseph Harry Biden, an oil businessman from Baltimore, Maryland, were of English, French, and Irish ancestry. His maternal great-grandfather, Edward Francis Blewitt, was a member of the Pennsylvania State Senate.
Biden’s paternal great-great-great grandfather, William Biden, was born in Sussex, England, and immigrated to the United States.
Joe Biden First Wife
Biden’s first wife was, Neilla Hunter, whom he was married to from 1966 till her death in 1972. The two met and began dating in 1964, while Biden was on spring break in the Bahamas.
The couple got married on August 27, 1966, while Biden was still a law student. They overcame her parents’ initial reluctance for her to wed a Roman Catholic, and the ceremony was held in a Catholic church in Skaneateles.
Joe Biden Wife Death | Joe Biden Wife And Daughter
On December 18, 1972, a few weeks after the election, his wife and one-year-old daughter Naomi were killed in an automobile accident while Christmas shopping in Hockessin, Delaware.
Neilla Hunter’s station wagon was hit by a tractor-trailer as she pulled out from an intersection; the truck driver was cleared of any wrongdoing. His sons Beau and Hunter survived the accident and were taken to the hospital in fair condition, Beau with a broken leg and other wounds, and Hunter with a minor skull fracture and other head injuries. The doctors soon said both would make full recoveries.
Biden considered resigning to care for them, but was persuaded not to by Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield. Subsequent to the accident, he commented that the truck driver had been drinking alcohol before the collision, but these allegations were denied by the driver’s family and were never substantiated by the police.
Joe Biden Wife Joe | Biden And Wife
Biden is married to Jill Biden. The two met in March 1975 on a blind date arranged by Biden’s brother, although it turned out that Biden had already noticed a photograph of her in an advertisement for a local park in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden would credit her with renewing his interest in both politics and life.
The couple were married on June 17, 1977, by a Catholic priest at the Chapel at the United Nations in New York. They are both Roman Catholics and regularly attend Mass at St. Joseph’s on the Brandywine in Greenville, Delaware.
Joe Biden Children | Joe Biden Kids
Biden is a father of four children. He had three children with his first wife Neilla, Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III born in 1969, Robert Hunter born in 1970, and Naomi Christina born in 1971.
He has one child with his wife Jill, a daughter, Ashley Blazer born in 1981.
Joe Biden Son
Joe Biden’s eldest son, Beau Biden, was Delaware Attorney General and an Army Judge Advocate who served in Iraq. He died on May 30, 2015, at the age of 46 after a two-year battle with brain cancer.
In a statement, the Vice President’s office said, “The entire Biden family is saddened beyond words.” The nature and seriousness of Beau’s illness had not been previously disclosed to the public, and Biden had quietly reduced his public schedule in order to spend more time with his son.
At the time of his death, Beau had been widely seen as the frontrunner to be the Democratic nominee for Governor of Delaware in 2016.
His younger son, Hunter, became a Washington attorney and lobbyist.
Joe Biden Daughter
Biden’s daughter, Ashley Blazer, is a social worker and staffer at the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families.
Joe Biden Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $900,000, which he has earned from his political career, most of it been from his eight years as vice president, during which he received an annual salary of at least $230,700. However, his pension might total more than $248,000 per year.
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Joe Biden laments ‘white man’s culture,’ comes under fire from Hillary Clinton aide for role in Anita Hill hearing
Joe Biden on Tuesday lamented the impact of “white man’s culture” and bemoaned his own role in Supreme Court confirmation hearings that undermined Anita Hill’s credibility nearly three decades ago.
The former vice president and potential 2020 Democratic candidate said Hill, who is black, should not have been forced to face a panel of “a bunch of white guys” about her sexual harassment allegations against Clarence Thomas.
“To this day I regret I couldn’t come up with a way to give her the kind of hearing she deserved,” he said Tuesday night, echoing comments he delivered last fall amid debates about sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation process. “I wish I could have done something.”
Biden’s role in the 1991 Thomas confirmation hearings is among his many political challenges as he considers making a 2020 bid for the presidency. If he throws his hat into the already-crowded ring, he would be among a handful of white men in a Democratic presidential field that features several women and minorities.
His comments about Hill drew swift condemnation on social media, with many noting he was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at the time of the hearing.
“It literally does not matter what else Biden says about sexual assault if he cannot acknowledge his own culpability in putting a sexual assaulter on the Supreme Court and then pretending for years like he was powerless to stop it,” tweeted Jessica Morales Rocketto, a former aide to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign who now serves as the political director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. (Thomas has long denied the accusations.)
Actress and political activist Mia Farrow called Biden’s role in the 1991 hearings “shameful.”
“Love you Joe but you were in a position to do better — and you didn’t,” she said.
Biden, 76, delivered the remarks at a New York City event honoring young people who helped combat sexual assault on college campuses. The event, held at a venue called the Russian Tea Room, was hosted by the Biden Foundation and the nonprofit group It’s on Us, which Biden founded with former President Barack Obama in 2014.
Biden called on Americans to “change the culture” that dates back centuries and allows pervasive violence against women. “It’s an English jurisprudential culture, a white man’s culture. It’s got to change,” he said.
The former vice president also repeatedly denounced violence against women during his remarks, which spanned more than a half-hour. It’s a topic he knows well. As a senator from Delaware, he introduced the Violence Against Women Act in 1990.
“No man has a right to lay a hand on a woman, no matter what she’s wearing, she does, who she is, unless it’s in self-defense. Never,” he said Tuesday.
He then shared a conversation he had with a member of a college fraternity.
“If you see a brother taking an inebriated co-ed up the stairs at a fraternity house and you don’t go and stop it, you’re a damn coward,” Biden said. “You don’t deserve to be called a man.”
Joe Biden blames sexual assaults on ‘white man’s culture’
Women have been suffering in “a white man’s culture” — which has continually turned a blind eye to sexual assault and misconduct, according to former Vice President Joe Biden, who propped up Anita Hill as an example.
“To this day I regret I couldn’t come up with a way to give her the kind of hearing she deserved,” Biden said Tuesday while speaking at an event to combat sexual violence on college campuses.
“But I also realized there was a real and perceived problem the [Senate Judiciary] committee faced: They’re a bunch of white guys.”
The 76-year-old Democrat continued, “No, I mean it sincerely — a bunch of white guys…hearing this testimony. So…when Anita Hill came to testify, she faced a committee that didn’t fully understand what the hell it was all about.”
Biden, who was Judiciary chairman for the 1991 Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, got criticized heavily for his handling of the Hill situation. Thomas was accused of harassing Hill, who is black, while he was her supervisor.
“Last fall, you saw it all over again in the Kavanaugh hearing,” Biden blasted. “Almost 30 years…the culture — the institutional culture — has not changed. We have an obligation to change the culture in this country.”
Later on during his speech, Biden brought up a widespread misconception about the “rule of thumb” being an old reference to British common law and it’s tolerance of domestic abuse.
“This is English jurisprudential culture — a white man’s culture,” Biden said, describing how people think the “rule of thumb” was a law that allowed husbands to beat their wives with sticks no thicker than their thumbs.
“It’s got to change,” he repeated.
Describing sexual assault, Biden claimed it was “about the abuse of power.”
“It’s not about sex,” he said. “It’s about power. The most insidious abuse of power of all. And right now we live in a culture where the abuse of power is allowed to penetrate the highest offices of government, where it lives in board rooms and global corporations, and it poisons entire industries — from Hollywood to hotel workers. It pushes down women all around the world.”
Biden spoke for more than a half hour during Tuesday’s event, which was held at the Russian Tea Room in Manhattan. He repeatedly condemned violence against women throughout his speech.
“No man has a right to lay a hand on a woman, no matter what she’s wearing, she does, who she is…Never,” Biden said. “If you see a brother taking an inebriated co-ed up the stairs at a fraternity house and you don’t go and stop it, you’re a damn coward. You don’t deserve to be called a man.”
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