Joe Biden‘s ongoing recovery from the trauma of the deaths of his first wife and youngest child have dramatically shaped his career, from the ways in which he speaks to crowds about grief and mourning to his views on health care.
Though not unique to his brand of politicking, the former vice president and 2020 Democratic nominee for president has famously framed his current ideas through the lens of his past.
While out shopping just days before Christmas in 1972, his 30-year-old wife Neilia and 13-month-old daughter Naomi were killed in a car accident after a tractor-trailer carrying corn broadsided the family’s Chevrolet station wagon. Campaign literature from the young senator-elect from Delaware littered the streets.
Their two sons, Joseph “Beau” Biden III and Robert Hunter Biden, survived.