Vice President Biden Rushes to Bedside of Seriously Ill Mother

By Lindsey Ellerson

Jan 7, 2010 2:25pm

Jake Tapper and Karen Travers report:

Vice President Joe Biden’s mother Catherine Eugenia “Jean” Biden, 92, has taken seriously ill in recent days, prompting the Vice President and his family to travel to Wilmington, Delaware, where they have gathered around her bedside.

Mrs. Biden, whose husband Joseph Biden Sr. died in 2002, was hospitalized last March and, according to a close family friend, is currently in hospice care.

In his speech to the Democratic National Convention in 2008, then-Sen. Biden said, “I wish that my dad was here tonight, but I am so grateful that my mom, Catherine Eugenia Finnegan Biden, is here. You know, she taught her children — all the children who flocked to our house — that you are defined by your sense of honor, and you are redeemed by your loyalty. She believes bravery lives in every heart and her expectation is that it will be summoned.”

-Jake Tapper and Karen Travers

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