Joe Biden’s complete Mildenhall speech
Before the G7 conference in Cornwall begins on Friday, US President Joe Biden spoke to American service members and their families at RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk.
Here is the complete text of his speech:
Thank you, Colonel, for that introduction and for your leadership of this team during such a trying time.
Because we realize that everyone in the family contributes, I’d like to express my gratitude to Melissa as well. I’m aware that your next duty at the US Transportation Command will begin soon. So please accept my heartfelt congrats and my heartfelt gratitude.
Sydney, you’re fourteen years old. When I was 14,… Relax, relax. I keep forgetting that I’m the President of the United States.
I would have been terrified to stand up in front of a microphone, in front of a large crowd or a small crowd, when I was 14 years old.
I used to stutter horribly when I was a kid, for real. Speaking in front of others was quite difficult for me. As a result, I expect you to remember me when you become President. I’m sure you’ll remember me. You’re a very well-dressed young lady. Thank you very much.
And, you know, it’s got to be hard to have your dad deployed to Afghanistan. And I also know how proud you are of him and your mum, chief master sergeant, for being part of the leadership team here.
Our son Beau served as a US attorney for a while in Kosovo. In fact, a war monument was created in his honor. He went on to join the National Guard after that.
Gave up his job as attorney general of the state of Delaware so he can go with his unit to Iraq for a year. And when he got promoted to major, I said: “Beau, you’re now a field-grade officer.” About 28 times, I went in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan. I said: “You’re now a field-grade officer.”
He said: “Dad, I have no illusions. I know who runs the military: chief master sergeants.” So, I just want you to know we know.
Thank you for your incredible. (This is a short article)