Biden honors his mom on Mother's day: 'She was the quintessential lady'

Biden honors his mom on Mother's day: 'She was the quintessential lady'
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President BidenJoe BidenMellman: Trump voters cling to 2020 tale FDA authorizes another batch of J&J vaccine Cotton warns of China collecting athletes' DNA at 2022 Olympics MORE honored his mother on Mother’s Day Sunday, calling her “the quintessential lady” in a new video.  

“My mom was always about, always about honor, about responsibility. She used to say, ‘You know, Joey – the greatest virtue of all is courage, because without courage, you couldn’t love with abandon,’” Biden said in a video message on Twitter about his mother, Catherine Eugenia “Jean” Biden.  

“She said ‘Bravery resides in every heart, but someday it will be summoned. Be ready,’” he added.



The president, whose mother died in 2010, shared a photo in the Sunday video of himself, his mother and former President Obama in Grant Park in Chicago before Obama’s acceptance speech in the 2008 presidential election.

“We’re backstage, and they said ‘And now the president and vice president of the United States of America,” Biden said.   

“My mom had my hand, and she reached out – look at the look on Barack’s face – and she grabbed his hand, and said, ‘come on honey, it’s going to be okay. It’s going to be okay.' That was my mom,” he added.   


Biden also called it a “great benefit” that his mother got to know both his children and grandchildren. 

“Incredible lady,” Biden added. “She was the quintessential lady.” 

Jean Biden died in 2010. Biden in a statement at the time said that she “passed away peacefully,” with her family by her bedside.

First lady Jill BidenJill BidenBiden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president Overnight Health Care: FDA says millions of J&J doses from troubled plant must be thrown out | WHO warns Africa falling far behind in vaccinations | Top CDC official says US not ready for next pandemic The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Sights and sounds from Biden's UK visit MORE in a video on Twitter commended moms across the country on Sunday amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which she said is “challenging us and changing us like we never could have imagined.” 

“Whether your kids are 2 or 52, this year has been a tough one for moms,” Jill Biden said in the video on Twitter.

“I know it feels like so much is on you. It was a lot even before the pandemic, and, just when you thought there was little left to give, you gave more because you’re a mom and that’s what moms do,” she added.