On the subject of the claim that past leaders didn't console the families of dead soldiers, former U.S Vice-President Joe Biden always had time for the widows, but especially the children.
He loved the children... OH how he loved the children.
When visiting the family homes of slain soldiers he would often make a point of stealing up the stairs after the children had gone to bed to console them in his own special way, perhaps while reading a book..
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18 Oct 2017