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Missing the mother hens

Then-vice presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden  and his mother, Catherine Eugenia “Jean” Biden, on stage in Denver in 2008.  (Associated Press)
Then-vice presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden and his mother, Catherine Eugenia “Jean” Biden, on stage in Denver in 2008. (Associated Press)

In last night's convention speech, vice president Joe Biden mentioned that his mom was at the convention four years ago. He looked sad that she wasn't at the 2012 convention.

 I remember her well from the 2008 convention, because my mother and her friends were about her same age, and as she came up on stage, she reminded me of them. All dolled up for the big night, looking a tad confused but then figuring it out and having a blast.

Biden's mom, Jean, died two years ago, at 92. Yesterday, my sisters and I had lunch with my mom, now 91 and in pretty darn good health. We were rushing her at one point and she said: "You treat me like I'm a spring chicken when I'm just an old mother hen."

Those old mother hens, they leave a void on stage when they finally exit.

(Spokesman-Review archives photo)




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