Get Up: Joe Biden's Inspiring Message to a New Generation by Raquel Whiting

Opinion
6 months ago
Get Up: Joe Biden's Inspiring Message to a New Generation

On a frigid evening in Boston, my friend and I found ourselves jumping up and down with cold and excitement. We were in line for the Joe Biden: American Promise Tour, during which the former vice president discussed his new book, “Promise Me Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose.” As college students, we were among the youngest in attendance and therefore Biden’s message took on a slightly different meaning for us.

Biden talked with great emotion about the passing of his son, Beau Biden, and the toll it took on him amidst a tumultuous time in politics with the added intrigue of whether he would run for president in 2016. While the entirety of his talk was captivating, his tangible passion for making our country a better place was truly inspirational. My takeaway was the need for our country to “get up” – a battle cry he got from his father.

This is not a time to wallow in what is going wrong in our country, but rather a time to recognize the positive aspects and to strive to improve what we can. As a 20-year-old, I understand that my generation will have great influence on the path our country takes, and I am ready to “get up” and effect positive change.

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Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
I just love this, Raquel Whiting ! Thank you for sharing it with us. And welcome to the tribe!
Sheri B Doyle
I love your enthusiasm and the reminder to look at what is good in our country and to promote that. We always do better when we are doing something positive.
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
This gave me goosebumps, Raquel Whiting . Thank you so much for sharing your experience and perspective. You give me hope! I saw Joe Biden speak last year and was moved to tears. His reassuring words that our country has been through much worse and will endure these difficult times have gotten me through this last year or so. The fact that your generation is ready to “get up” makes me feel empowered. Thank you. And welcome to our tribe. I’m truly excited to read more of your insights!!
Nicole DeAvilla
I know the world will be a better place because of you, Raquel Whiting and your friends! Welcome to the #30Seconds Tribe! xo mom
Tiffany Zook
Thank you for calling this book to my attention. You were there to hear about this first hand!!

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