Thursday, August 16, 2012

VP Biden pays respects – remembers his own life tragedy

VP Biden made an unannounced stop at about 220 to the campus memorial of victims of the April ’07 Virginia Tech shooting.

The pool reporter asked what the memorial meant to him, prompting Biden to recall his own life’s tragedy. VP paused repeatedly as he answered in an emotional, solemn fashion.

Biden staff initially tried to shoo the pool away when the queston was posed, but the vp wanted to answer. “It means,” he said, pausing. “I’ll tell you what it means. It means to me that – it reminds you how precious life is. And that – you know I think of those kids, but I also think of their parents. No child should predecease their parents. I remember what it’s like. [Pause] It brings back, [pause] It brings back memories. Whether it’s that call, out of the blue that you get, and it’s like how could this happen.

“CBS producer Rodney Hawkins asked Biden about the recent shootings, prompting VP staff to again shoo the pool. Biden didn’t answer this time. We were then on our way back to the vans. Biden arrived on the main quad of Virginia Tech following his speech on a different part of campus in a light drizzle. The green is larger than a football field and is surrounded by buildings that all feature what the locals call “Hokie Stone,” a gray slab.

The memorial is on the edge of the lawn, directly in front of Burruss Hall, VT’s main building. Norris Hall, where the shooting took place, sits just next to Burruss. The memorial includes two parts, 32 individual stones on the ground with the names of the victims and then a plaque that reads: “We will prevail. We are Virginia Tech. “The plaque had 3 fire department patches placed next to it along with an old bouquet of flowers.

Biden first walked around the semi-circle that features the stones, solemnly looking down at each. He then came back up to the memorial plaque and stood looking at it, his hands clasped together. He then spoke to the pool.

Jonathan Martin, Politco

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2012, Elections, National, Politics

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