Vice President Joe Biden’s mother, Catherine Eugenia "Jean" Finnegan Biden, was laid to rest this morning at age 92 at a Mass at 11 a.m. at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Wilmington, Del. Eulogies will be delivered by Vice President Biden and his sister, Valerie Biden Owens. Reverend Monsignor J. Thomas Cini will deliver the homily.
At around 9 a.m. this morning, President Barack Obama left the Oval Office and walked to the residence part of the White House. It was there he was joined by the First Lady and the two departed via helicopter for Andrews Air Force Base where they boarded Air Force One to Delaware.
Senior staff on Air Force One who will be in attendance at the funeral include: senior advisor David Axelrod, deputy national security adviser Tom Donilon, assistant to the president for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs Valerie Jarrett, cabinet secretary Chris Lu, First Lady Michelle Obama’s chief of staff Susan Sher, assistant to the president for legislative affairs Phil Schiliro, chief White House photographer Pete Souza and director of the White House’s National Economic Council Larry Summers.
Secretaries Steven Chu, Shaun Donovan, Arne Duncan, Timothy Geithner,
Gary Locke, Ray LaHood, Janet Napolitano, Ken Salazar, Kathleen Sebelius and Hilda
Solis, as well as Attorney General Holder, Administrator Jackson, Ambassador
Kirk, Speaker Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Christina Romer, are all attending the
service. In addition to the Cabinet members listed above, all were on board Air
And other dignitaries expected to attend include: Senators Ted Kaufman (D-Del.), Tom Carper (D-Del.), Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), as well as Governor Markell (D-Del.), Leader Hoyer (D-Md.), Ambassador Gitenstein of Romania and former President Clinton.