In a few short weeks, Joe Biden, one of the most popular vice presidents in the history of the United States, will be leaving office. Many have wondered about Biden’s plans for the future. We may wonder no more, as Biden was caught speaking off the record on a microphone he did not know was recording when he accidentally spilled the proverbial beans.
The vice president is the president of the Senate, and Biden was swearing in senators for their new term on Jan. 3rd. After the ceremony concluded Biden was caught off guard on when asked about his future plans were. Biden said his work on the “Cancer Moonshot” with the National Cancer Institute will continue once he leaves office. During his eight years in the vice president’s office, Biden was the most visible advocate for cancer research on the planet. Biden went on to say that he would be working at the University of Pennsylvania, while simultaneously using “the Biden Trust”, a thus far unknown entity, as a springboard for cancer research.
During President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address, he tapped Biden to head up the government’s cancer research initiative and on Oct, 17 2016 Biden delivered the “Cancer Moonshot Report” to the nation. Thanks to Biden’s efforts $6.3 billion in funding for cancer research was passed through the Republican controlled senate. Republicans, for their petty graciousness, crowbarred out a condition of regulatory repeal of an FDA standard which would allow speedier approval of pharmaceutical and medical devices.
Biden’s son Beau tragically died of brain cancer in May 2015. The death of Beau Biden was widely believed to be the reason Joe Biden did not seek the presidency. Days before the American people went to the ballot box Biden confirmed this suspicion on CNN when he said, “I didn’t run for one simple overarching reason. My son was dying and he died.”
While Biden’s time in public office is coming to a close, his time as a public servant will not. The American people are fortunate to have such a dedicated individual willing to work for the betterment of all of society.
Lou Colagiovanni is an investigative journalist living in Las Vegas who specializes in politics and crime. His work has been highlighted all over the world and he is regularly featured on television and radio.