President Biden spoke to memorialize his “dear friend” former Vice President Walter Mondale, calling the fellow former VP “one of the great giants in American history.”
According to The New York Post, Biden’s comments were made during a service for the late pol in Minnesota on Sunday.
“He was loved by the American people because he reflected the goodness of the American people,” Biden said of Mondale, who Ronald Reagan famously beat handily in the 1984 presidential election.
Biden was part of the remembrance for Mondale, a well-known Democrat, who died on April 21. The president called the former Vice President a close friend and supporter “not on a political level, but on a personal level,” according to Biden himself.
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“He was one of the finest men you’ve ever known and most decent people I ever dealt with and one of the toughest, smartest men I’ve ever worked with,” the president said. “God bless you, my dear friend.”
Mondale served as Jimmy Carter’s vice president from 1977 to 1981, and according to Biden, he inspired the current president’s turn as vice president under Barack Obama, a job he held for eight years.
“Fritz recounted that his greatest strength wasn’t his expertise in a particular policy area. It was the genuine personal relationship he built with President Jimmy Carter,” Biden said of Mondale.
“Fritz embraced everybody with the belief that everyone’s entitled to be treated with dignity.”