- ISIL creates all-female brigade to terrorize women into following Sharia law
- ISTOOK: Obama wants to be impeached
- Obama to Latin leaders: Help with border
- Military bans troops from Baptist church event honoring ‘God’s Rescue Squad’
- ‘Pocket drones’: U.S. Army developing tiny surveillance tools for the next big war
- Belgian cafe posts sign: Dogs allowed, but Jews stay out
- Gen. Dempsey: Pentagon studying Russian readiness plans not viewed ‘for 20 years’
- John McCain: Botched, two-hour execution of murderer is ‘torture’
- House GOP ready to move border bill
- Bomb squad called after live WWII artillery washes on Cape Cod beach
Biden lauds his generation to inspire USC graduates
Question of the Day
To hear Vice President Joseph R. Biden tell a class of college graduates Friday, his generation from the 1960s solved many of the world's problems.
Mr. Biden told the graduates at the University of South Carolina that, like them, he faced a world of profound change when he graduated from the University of Delaware in 1965.
"The day I graduated was in the midst of an escalation of nuclear tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union," Mr. Biden said. "More nuclear warheads were being built. There was great division in the country over the civil rights movement. The year I graduated, Dr. [Martin Luther] King and Robert Kennedy were assassinated."
Mr. Biden appeared to be mixed up about the timing of his degrees. He earned his law degree in 1968, the year of the assassinations.
He said the war in Vietnam "literally fractured our society," and the federal budget "was out of kilter." He didn't mention the budget deficits that have topped $1 trillion in the Obama administration's first term.
But the vice president said he and his fellow graduates of the 1960s were confident they could solve the world's problems.
"We ushered in an information age that shrunk the world beyond the recognition of our parents," he said. "We laid the foundation for ... a generation of significant wealth and prosperity. We moved from nuclear escalation to nuclear reduction. We finally secured civil rights for African Americans. We raised the cause of women in society to an entirely new level. And an environmental movement that did not exist began to flourish. And we ended the war in Vietnam."
Today's graduates face "different dangers," he said.
"The planet is warming and we wring our hands," Mr. Biden said. "Even the climate-change deniers are seeing the light. Climate change is a gigantic problem for the world and your generation."
The good news, he said, is that the problem "has generated an incredible amount of rapid growth in renewable energy."
Mr. Biden, a possible candidate in 2016, also did his best to flatter the early primary state with praise for South Carolina's native sons and sports teams.
"I have a lot of friends in this state," Mr. Biden said after picking up an honorary degree.
Mr. Biden called Rep. James Clyburn, an influential South Carolina Democrat, "the heart and soul of this state." And he praised Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham as "a very close friend."
"In an election year, he wouldn't want me to acknowledge that," Mr. Biden said. "We disagree, but if he gave me a call in the middle of the night and said 'Joe, show up at 7th and Vine in the middle of St. Louis,' I'd get up and go, and I know he'd go for me. Even though I think he's wrong on a lot of issues."
The vice president also heaped accolades on the university's achievements in football and other sports.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of Allentown, Pa., Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Penn State University. Boyer can be reached at email@example.com.
- Obama urges Netanyahu to accept cease fire
- Obama: U.S. should 'embrace an economic patriotism that says we rise or fall together'
- Biden: Blacks have not made enough progress
- Hamas rejects Kerry's call for cease-fire; Fears grow others could join fight against Israel
- Obama raises funds while international crises loom
Latest Blog Entries
- Obama and Boehner congratulate U.S. men's hockey on win over Russia
- Americans say income gap will shrink if government butts out, poll shows
- WH spokesman Jay Carney recognizes beard's 'insufficiency,' shaves it off
- Obama misses deadline again on budget
- Biden burns rubber in driveway, laments road restrictions
TWT Video Picks
By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
- Rahm Emanuel: Send illegal immigrant shelter kids to Chicago
- Washington Times strikes content and marketing partnership with Redskins
- D.C. seeks stay in order striking down ban on handguns in public
- 'Pocket drones': U.S. Army developing tiny spies for the next big war
- CURL: Obama, staffers not even pretending any more
- DCCC raising money on suggestion Obama impeachment is imminent
- NAPOLITANO: What if our democracy is a fraud?
- Ohio university quiz implies atheists are naturally smarter than Christians
- ISTOOK: Obama wants to be impeached
- Federal judge rules D.C. ban on handguns in public is unconstitutional
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq