President Biden celebrated Mother’s Day on Sunday with a touching tribute to his own late mom — remembering her as “the quintessential lady.”
Catherine Eugenia “Jean” Biden died in 2010 at the age of 92.
“My mom was always about honor, about responsibility,” Biden said in a video filmed in the Oval Office and posted online Sunday.
“She used to say, ‘You know, Joey – the greatest virtue of all is courage, because without courage, you couldn’t love with abandon.”
Holding up a photo of his mother posing with him and former President Obama in Chicago’s Grant Park, Biden remembered what she told him just before their acceptance speech in the 2008 presidential election.
“We’re backstage, and they said, ‘And now the president and vice president of the United States of America,” Biden, 78, recalled.
“My mom had my hand, and she reached out – look at the look on Barack’s face – and she grabbed his hand, and said, ‘Come on honey, it’s going to be OK. It’s going to be OK.’”
“That was my mom,” he added.
The president remembered his mother as an “incredible lady” — and “the quintessential lady.”
“My mom taught me about the importance of family, loyalty, and faith,” he wrote on Twitter.
“Her immeasurable strength lives on in all of her children, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren, and the many other lives that she touched.”
In her own video message, first lady Jill Biden addressed moms across the country and thanked them for their hard work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I know it feels like so much is on you,” she said. “It was a lot even before the pandemic, and, just when you thought there was little left to give, you gave more because you’re a mom and that’s what moms do.”
“You’re strong and resilient,” she added. “From one mother to another, I see you and I thank you.”