Vice President Biden Optimistic about Son’s Prognosis after Stroke, Calls Today “Best Day of My Life”

May 12, 2010 7:36pm

ABC News' Karen Travers report:

Vice President Biden said tonight that his son Beau is doing great after sustaining a mild stroke and called today the “best day of my life.”

Biden’s comments came just before he welcomed Afghan President Hamid Karzai to his official residence, the Naval Observatory, for a dinner in his honor.

On Tuesday Beau, who currently serves as Delaware’s attorney general, sustained what doctors called a "mild stroke.” The White House said yesterday in statements that has the vice president’s son has full motor and speech skills and is expected to make a complete recovery.

Beau is currently at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. According to his office, he continues his “favorable progress” and “will continue to follow standard protocol and receive medical therapy over the coming days.”

“He looks forward to returning to his duties as Attorney General in the near future,” the statement from Delaware’s Department of Justice said.

Vice President Biden said tonight that Beau will have to rest for about four weeks.

The vice president missed a day of scheduled meetings with Karzai and President Obama in order to stay in Philadelphia with Beau and his family, but returned to Washington this afternoon to host the dinner for Karzai.

The vice president’s eldest son was admitted to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. on Tuesday morning, after having some discomfort and a headache, according to a source close to the family. 

Beau is said to have been in good spirits yesterday, fully alert and talking with his family.

Beau Biden is 41 years old. His father was age 45 when he underwent two brain surgeries on life-threatening aneurysms

Beau served a year in Iraq as a captain in the Delaware Army National Guard's 261st Signal Brigade.

The vice president’s eldest son considered running for his father's Senate seat in Delaware this November but decided to focus on his job as Attorney General and his family, after his year in Iraq.

“My first responsibilities are here in Delaware,” he wrote in a letter to supporters in January after he made his decision. “I have a duty to fulfill as Attorney General – and the immediate need to focus on a case of great consequence. And that is what I must do. Therefore I cannot and will not run for the United States Senate in 2010. I will run for reelection as Attorney General.”

-Karen Travers

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