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November 4, 2008, Grant Park, Chicago

This morning, Vice President Biden sent the email below to the White House email list to preview President Obama’s Farewell Address in Chicago.

Over the past eight years, I’ve been proud to stand by President Obama’s side through every step of this journey.

And tonight, I’ll be proud to stand by him one last time in Chicago with the First Lady and with Jill as he makes his farewell address to the nation.

Heading back to Chicago, I can’t help thinking about that night when the four of us were together in Grant Park. November 4, 2008.

We’d received the call conceding the race from our friend and patriot, John McCain. Barack had just finished addressing the nation for the first time as President-elect. The park was just filled with hundreds of thousands of people from all around the city and the country, of every age and background. And then, after Barack’s speech, our families joined us on stage — two families from different parts of the country, from different walks of life, but with the same values, that had grown so close over the past several months and have stayed so close over the last eight years. …


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Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks during the It’s on Us week of action at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, Nov. 9, 2015. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Vice President Biden has served our country over 46 years in public service. He was first elected to the New Castle City Council in 1970, served his home state as the Senator from Delaware for 36 years starting in 1973, and became the 47th Vice President of the United States in 2009.

Since his election as Vice President, he’s fought to raise the living standards of middle class Americans, reduce gun violence, address violence against women, and end cancer as we know it. …


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Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks on campus sexual assault, at the University of Illinois, in Urbana, Illinois, April 23, 2015. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)

Every fall, thousands of parents drop their children off at your colleges with enormous hope and expectation. But deep in the pit of every parent’s stomach is a nagging fear — will my child be alright?

That’s a tough thing to have to fear, but they’ve seen the statistics and they’ve read the headlines:

A first-year student goes to a party, drinks some beer, passes out, and wakes up in a strange dorm room to find a classmate she barely knows sexually assaulting her.

Three men after a football game sexually assault a student, and videos of it are posted on social media. …

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