Vice President BidenJoe BidenBiden says he didn't 'overpromise' Finland PM pledges 'extremely tough' sanctions should Russia invade Ukraine Russia: Nothing less than NATO expansion ban is acceptable MORE said Tuesday night that the response to last week's Boston Marathon bombing shows that "fear never triumphs over hope."
The vice president was speaking at TIME magazine's annual gala for those named in its annual "100 most influential people in the world" issue. Past speakers include first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama: 'Treat fear as a challenge' Barack Obama wishes a happy 58th birthday to 'best friend' Michelle The Memo: 2024 chatter reveals Democratic nervousness MORE and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe dangerous erosion of Democratic Party foundations The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Left laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket MORE.
His remarks focused primarily on the nation's response to last week's terrorist attack, which left three dead and more than 200 injured.
"As a country, America just went through a tragic week. But we didn't have to look far to see the selflessness of people," Biden said.
The vice president said that "if the purpose of terror is to instill fear, you saw none of that in Boston."
"They're taking on 300 million Americans, every one of them who feels deeply about the values that make us strong and they understand it makes us the strongest force for good on Earth," Biden said.
The vice president punctuated his remarks with moments of levity, paying tribute to other members of the magazine's list who were recognized for their humanitarian efforts or scientific breakthroughs.
Noting that he was mangling many of the foreign recipient's names, Biden quipped, "If it's wrong, you can call me 'Bitten.' "
In the magazine, House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorRepublicans eager to take on Spanberger in Virginia Virginia emerging as ground zero in battle for House majority McAuliffe's loss exposes deepening Democratic rift MORE (R-Va.) wrote a tribute to the vice president, praising his willingness to reach across the aisle.
"Too often in Washington, opposing sides don’t speak to one another," Cantor wrote. "The best way to find solutions and common ground is to build personal relationships based on trust. No one in Washington understands this better than Joe Biden.”