Vice President Joe Biden has returned to his home in Wilmington, Delaware to join his family and mother, who has taken seriously ill, according to a White House press release.
Joe Biden has spoken publicly about his 92-year-old mother, Catherine Eugenia "Jean" Biden in the past. At his convention speech in 2008 he fondly recalled the patience, resolve and good advice that she offered him as a child.
"As a child I stuttered and she lovingly would look at me and tell me 'Joey, it's because you're so bright you can't get the thoughts out quickly enough.' When I wasn't as well-dressed as the other kids she would look at me and say 'Joey, oh, you're so handsome, honey, you're so handsome.' And when I got knocked down by guys bigger than me, and this is the God's truth, she sent me back out and said 'Bloody their nose so you can walk down the street the next day!'"
She later joined him and then presidential candidate Barack Obama on stage.
Jean Biden was hospitalized in March of 2009 after falling in her home in Delaware. She made a full recovery.