Biden Honors Walter Mondale as One of America’s ‘Great Giants’ at Memorial Service

Biden honors Walter Mondale as one of America’s ‘great giants’ at memorial service

During a deeply emotional memorial service address in Minneapolis on Sunday, President Joe Biden remembered former Vice President Walter Frederick “Fritz” Mondale as one of America’s “great giants.”

In April of last year, Mondale, who served as Vice President under Democratic President Jimmy Carter, died at the age of 93.

“There are two ways to disseminate light: to be a candle or to reflect it in a mirror. During the memorial service at the University of Minnesota, Biden said, “Fritz was both the candle and the mirror in my view.”

The President recalled his decades-long friendship with Mondale throughout his address, urging the nation to follow in his footsteps. “He was beloved by the American people because he mirrored the American people’s goodness,” Biden added.

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The President spoke about how Mondale and his wife, the late Joan Mondale, were there for him after his then-wife Neilia Hunter Biden and daughter Naomi perished in a horrible vehicle accident.

Biden remarked, “They helped me find my mission in a sea of darkness and grief.”

Mondale had been Carter’s No. 2 from 1977 to 1981, but his one term as vice president came to an end when Ronald Reagan and his running mate, George H. W. Bush, defeated Carter and Mondale in 1980, a defeat that Democrats wouldn’t recover from until 1992 when Bill Clinton helped the party reclaim the White House.

Nonetheless, in 1984, Mondale won the Democratic presidential nomination and made history by picking US Representative Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York as his running mate, making her the first woman to be nominated to a major US political party’s presidential ticket. Mondale eventually lost to Reagan, who was the incumbent at the time.

Mondale admitted in a poignant statement to former workers in an email obtained by CNN at the time of his death that his “time has come.”

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“Before I leave, I wanted to express my gratitude for everything you’ve done for me. Never before has a public worker had a more capable team on their side! We have accomplished so much together, and I am confident you will continue to fight the good fight,” Mondale replied.

“Having Joe in The White House Helps a Lot,”

He added, referring to the President. “I’ve always known it’d be fine if I showed up somewhere and was met by one of you.”

Mondale had been Carter’s No. 2 from 1977 to 1981, but his single term as vice president came to an end when Ronald Reagan and his running mate, George H. W. Bush, defeated Carter and Mondale in 1980, a defeat that Democrats wouldn’t fully recover from until 1992 when Bill Clinton helped the party reclaim the White House.

Nonetheless, in 1984, Mondale won the Democratic presidential nomination and made history by picking US Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York as his running mate – the first woman to be nominated to a major US political party’s presidential ticket. Mondale eventually lost to Reagan, who was the incumbent at the time.

Mondale admitted in a poignant statement to former workers in an email obtained by CNN at the time of his death that his “time has come.”

“Before I leave, I wanted to express my gratitude for everything you’ve done for me. Never before has a public worker had a more capable team on their side! We have accomplished so much together, and I am confident you will continue to fight the good fight,” Mondale replied.

Biden honors Walter Mondale as one of America’s ‘great giants’ at memorial service

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“Having Joe in the White House helps a lot,” he added, referring to the President. “I’ve always known it’d be fine if I showed up somewhere and was met by one of you!”

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