Vice President Joe Biden choked up in tears and lost his composure in an emotional interview from Iraq on Thursday as he recalled his son Beau Biden returning home and those soldiers who didn’t make it.
“First of all, I say I’m so damn proud of you. I’m so incredibly proud of him and these kids. And I say it mattered. It mattered. They straightened out a situation they inherited,” Biden said when asked on the “Today” show what he tells his son about the war. “This is the exceptional generation. They are amazing.”
“When Beau came home after a year, obviously there was an overwhelming sense of joy and relief. All I could think of was, those fallen angels,” he continued, as he began to tear up.
“Those parents were at Dover to recover their child. I’m sorry – this – anyway,” Biden said, stopping to recover his composure.
“I say to them, ‘Be proud of what you did for your country. Be proud of the example you showed the word. Most of all, be proud of how to protected your fellow soldiers,” he continued.
The vice president, who arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday to mark the end of the U.S. war there, said the Obama administration wasn’t “claiming victory” there.
“What we’re claiming here is: We’ve done the job our administration set out to do. To end the war we did not start, to end the war in a responsibility way,” Biden said.
He was also insistent that U.S. troops were not being pulled out of the country too fast, saying repeatedly, “This is no rush.”
“Over 4,500 dead, 30,000 wounded. This is no rush,” he said.
Beau Biden is a major in the Delaware Army National Guard’s Judge Advocate General’s corps, and was deployed to Iraq at the end of 2008 for 12 months. He is currently the 44th attorney general of Delware.
At a ceremony in Camp Victory also attended by Iraq President Jalal Talabani and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, the vice president said Thursday that the U.S. feels “immense” pride in what its troops have accomplished in Iraq, the Associated Press reports.
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