Jean Biden, Joe Biden's Mom Dies at 92
Jean Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's mom has died today at the age of 92. She had been very ill over the past few days and had suffered a broken hip in March 2009.
Joe Biden released a statment to the press:
"Together with my father, her husband of 61 years who passed away in 2002, we learned the dignity of hard work and that you are defined by your sense of honor," he said in the statement. "Her strength, which was immeasurable, will live on in all of us."
Jean Biden was instrumental in getting her son elected to the Senate in 1972 by organzing coffee klatches.
"Those of you who have met my mom, you know she's fairly politically astute, and she still runs the show," the vice president quipped shortly after she fell last year.
"You think I'm joking? I'm not," he said.
Jean Biden was born July 17 1917 in Scranton, Pa. She married Joseph Biden Sr in 1941 and they had four children.
Joe Biden said his mom had some reservations about him getting in to politics when he decided to run for Senate.
"My mother's creed is the American creed: No one is better than you," he said. "Everyone is your equal, and everyone is equal to you. My parents taught us to live our faith, and to treasure our families. We learned the dignity of work, and we were told that anyone can make it if they just try hard enough."