Happy Birthday VP Joe Biden

Joe Biden first got into politics when he ran for the New Castle County Council as a Democrat. He promised in this first election to support a public housing initiative, and he won the seat. Biden served as a New Castle County Councilman from 1970 to 1972, at which time he decided to run for the US Senate. Biden was interested in the seat held by Republican J. Caleb Boggs. Boggs wanted to retire, but his retirement would mean a vicious primary fight for the Republican party. In order to avoid this, President Nixon asked Boggs to run again for the good of the Republican party and Boggs agreed to do so. Because he was a popular incumbent, no Democrats wanted to run against him—except the young and tenacious Joe Biden.

Joe Biden’s first senate campaign had very little money and was managed by his sister, Valerie Biden Owens. Most of Biden’s staffers were members of his own family, and he went out and met voters face to face. The local media thought that the Biden campaign had very little chance of winning. Biden ran on an anti-Vietnam platform and also expressed support for the environment, civil rights, mass transit, a more equitable tax system, and health care. The summer before the election Boggs led Biden by thirty percent in the polls, but Biden continued to work hard to connect with voters. The people of Delaware embraced Biden’s youth and energy and on November 7, 1972 Joe Biden became a US Senator, winning the election by just 3,162 votes.

When Joe Biden took office on January 3, 1973, he was only thirty years old, the minimum age at which one can be a US Senator. In 1974, Time magazine named the fresh-faced Senator as one of the two hundred Faces for the Future. Ultimately, Biden would become the longest-serving senator in Delaware history, casting ten thousand votes in the Senate by 1999. Biden was elected to six additional terms as a Delaware Senator in 1978, 1984, 1990, 1996, 2002, and 2008.

As a long-standing member of the powerful U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Joe Biden dealt with many high profile issues. From 1987 until 1995 Biden chaired the committee and oversaw two of the most controversial hearings, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Robert Bork and Clarence Thomas. As soon as President Reagan nominated Robert Bork, Biden publicly stated his opposition to the nomination. Initially, conservatives argued that Biden could not conduct a fair hearing, but his conduct during the hearing was impeccable. Biden objected to the Bork nomination on the principle that the U.S. Constitution provides the rights to liberty and privacy beyond the literal interpretation. Bork’s nomination was rejected and Joe Biden earned a measure of respect among his Senate colleagues.

The Clarence Thomas Supreme Court confirmation hearings in 1991 were extremely contentious, and Joe Biden was thrust into the spotlight again. When Anita Hill accused the Supreme Court nominee of sexual harassment, the hearings were broadcast on network television and the public watched as Biden questioned the witnesses. Biden was criticized by many of his supporters for his handling of the hearing. According to theNew York Times, “Mr. Biden at the time was chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. And while the Delaware Democrat ultimately voted against confirming Mr. Thomas, he was widely criticized by liberal legal advocates and women’s groups as having mismanaged the allegations of sexual harassment made by Ms. Hill against her former employer, Mr. Thomas, at the Department of Education and at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, at those hearings.”

During his Senate career, Joe Biden also served as a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Biden could generally be described as a liberal internationalist in matters of foreign policy. Initially, he focused on the issue of arms control, and clashed with the Reagan administration over the Strategic Defense Initiative. He voted against the Gulf War in 1991, and for armed engagement in Afghanistan in 2001. In 2002, Biden voted in favor of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq under President George W. Bush, but soon changed his position on the war. Biden said publicly that his vote was a “mistake” based on false information.

Joe Biden ran as a Democratic presidential candidate twice, once in 1987 and once in 2007. During his first run for the nomination, Biden started out strong, raising more money than eventual Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis. However, Biden’s problem with plagiarism in college came back to haunt his campaign when he was accused of plagiarism once again. In a speech given in September of 1987, Biden asked, “why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go to a university?”, then pointed to his wife in the audience and asked the same question about her education. The press quickly revealed that this tactic had been used before by a British politician named Neil Kinnock. Although Biden had credited the speech to Neil Kinnock on previous occasions, he did not mention the Englishman during that rendition of the speech. Soon, the plagiarism event in college was resurrected by the national media and the doubt cast on the candidate’s honesty derailed Joe Biden’s campaign.

Joe Biden Rallies in West Virginia October 24, 2008

When he again attempted Democratic nomination in 2007, Joe Biden made several verbal mistakes that undermined the fundraising capabilities of his campaign. His biggest gaffe was a comment about one of his rivals in the nomination battle, Barack Obama. However, the young Senator from Illinois did not take offense to Biden’s awkward praise, and when Obama won the nomination, he chose Joe Biden as his Presidential running mate. CNN  quoted Obama as saying, “‘That’s the kind of fighter I want by my side in the months and years to come’”. [“Known for his plain-spoken approach and penchant for speaking from the cuff, Biden wasted little time taking to the traditional vice presidential candidate’s role of political attack dog.”]



What I wish for on my birthday this Dec 8

Reminiscing how I spent my 2016 is worth it. It is full of actions, positive thoughts and feelings and growing pains in raising my two young adults, now in college. It was also a time of taking care of my 80-yr old mother who won’t stop working for it pleases her to be able to help send her grandchildren to college.

Did I achieve anything about my love life? I am growing emotionally and happy to make another person happy. Life is worth sharing for.

It will bring joy for me to see you all join in dancing at Starlight Dance Club on Boulinger San Jose and exercise at NC Fit , cross fit gym. Both are food for our physical body.

I realized that I now age like the rest and cannot stop our cells from aging but can slow it down with deep breathing, exercise, wholesome lifestyle and happiness created each day. We choose these things because we love our bodies and to be of help for others. I am looking forward in ten years or more from now to be taking care of my grandchildren and just pace my life in rhythms with the earth, moon and sun.

Birthdays let us remember to stop and be grateful for another year and ready to create more memories, better than the past. We learned a lot from the past that we strive to reach a higher peak of happiness and achievement.

Happy Birthday to my firstborn Dominic, now 20

Happy Birthday my son Dominic
As my firstborn, you were showered with joy and love
I adore you, when you were a baby as you smile like a Buddha
And it seems that the world revolves around you and I
My cares are gone as I hold you in my arms
You cried the whole night, when I slept without you
On the first night your baby sister was born at home
And you worry more when we tried to find your missing sis
In the crowded mall, as I told you to be the other care taker of your sis
And I love that you love your sister as I told you always.
So lighted up is your face, each time you see me
Waiting for your mom to be nurtured and nourished
I stayed home for 3 years
when you and your sister Esther were young
For we could not find a deserving baby sitter
Your dad and I took turn in ensuring your care 24/7
Yes, it maybe taxing and you say expensive
It is not so expensive, as you were born at home with midwives
And seldom got sick and was breastfed.
Yes, I love the way you deal with problems and issues in life
You are so grown and a better person than me in some ways
You care for your friends and give advice to them
I am glad and proud you became a generous and caring adult
Not spoiled for you love thrift stores and classy clothes at same time
Wish you outgrow computer games but if that is what relaxes you
I cannot control you, your freedom will make you creative and powerful
Be open to opportunities and learn things around you
Have courage in driving, you are cautious than most
I trust you always, but I still have to hear from you daily
Although we seldom see and talk anymore, I know you love me
As I love you always and forever.
As a working student, working as computer technician and going to
De Anza college, wish you can finish college soon
But you told me, that you wanted to help me by being a working student
And that you promise me not to marry until you are close to 40
And that you promise not to give me grandchildren yet.
I love that you dance Tango with me
And call me mother though I want mom
And that you now love to eat garlic
And still would let me massage you when you are sick
I remembered giving you massage each bath during the first years of your life
You are my first homebirth and first in every experience as a mother
It is worth it, you are now a full adult with wisdom far greater than your age
Thank God, although you only promised to go with me to Catholic church once a year
I know you are spiritual
And soulful in the way you select your friends,cared for your sister and love your parents
You are not rebellious, but in some way you showed it in the way you dress so hip and cool
so elegant like the rennaisance and classic man
You bought your GF a gift that cost you half of your month’s pay
No bachelor in the bayarea would do
But you are you, Dominic
For I choose that name to help you create your own destiny , you only can choose
And so as you live your life, share and love more
For in giving you will find fullfilment
And hopefully, you become an enterpreneur for you can create more things
And be a greater influence in the world.
In your own ways, I love you always and forever.
Connie Dello Buono