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Joe Biden became misty-eyed on Tuesday afternoon as he delivered a speech thanking his staff before departing Wilmington, Del., for the last time ahead of his swearing-in as the 46th president of the United States.
The former veep’s voice broke and he shed a tear as he told a crowd of supporters that Delaware was “written on his heart” at the Major Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III National Guard Center, named after his late son.
“You’ve been there for us in the good and the bad. You’ve never walked away and I am proud, proud, proud to be a son of Delaware and I am even more proud to be doing this from the Major Beau Biden facility,” he said.
“My only regret is that he can’t be here today,” he went on.
Biden and incoming first lady Jill Biden will spend Tuesday evening at Blair House, the historic home across from the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue, before taking the oath of office at a heavily-fortressed US Capitol on Wednesday.
Trump will depart the White House early Wednesday morning and have a departure ceremony of his own at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland around 8 a.m., snubbing his successor’s swearing-in and ignoring a century-old tradition of peacefully handing over power.
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