Joe Biden Cries in Last Speech Before Inauguration as Trump Spends Final Hours as President (Photos below)
Joe Biden became emotional as he remembered his late son Beau before flying to Washington for today’s inauguration, while Donald Trump was condemned for a swathe of last-minute pardons
Joe Biden wept as he spoke about his late son Beau before flying to Washington, where disgraced Donald Trump was spending his lonely final hours in the White House.
Biden, 78, became emotional during a brief farewell ceremony in his home state of Delaware as he remembered his son, who died of cancer in 2015 aged just 46.
As tears streamed down his face, he said his one regret was that Beau, who served as the state’s attorney general, was not there, adding: “We should be introducing him as president.
“Don’t tell me things can’t change. They can, and they do. I’m truly honored to be your next president and commander-in-chief.”
Trump, meanwhile, was condemned for a swathe of last-minute pardons, including his former chief strategist Steve Bannon, as critics called him the worst US president ever.
The 74-year-old will give himself a military-style send-off from an air force base when he and wife Melania leave the White House early and skip Biden’s inauguration.
It is the first time a living outgoing President has snubbed his successor’s inauguration since 1869.
The Trumps are expected to fly to the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Air Force One.
The cowardly snub is a break with more than a century and a half of political tradition, and a sign of how he has become increasingly isolated in his final days in office.
A number of figures, including Vice President Mike Pence, have refused to attend his send-off. Pence will attend Biden’s inauguration ceremony, which begins at noon local time as Washington is in an unprecedented lockdown to prevent violence following the deadly invasion of the US Capitol building.
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At Tuesday’s farewell ceremony in Delaware, held at a National Guard centre named after Beau, Biden was brought to tears as reflected on his long journey to the White House and remembered his son.
The former senator said: “When I die, Delaware will be written on my heart.
“It’s deeply personal that our next journey to Washington starts here, a place that defines the very best of who we are as Americans
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