On Saturday, former Vice President Joe Biden put an end to the controversy and drama around some past issues by officially and publicly saying he was sorry for the “pain and misconception” he caused by talking about two Southern segregationist senators — James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia.
At a recent event, Biden spoke about compromise and working across the aisle with the Eastland and Talmadge.
The remarks offended many Democrats and members of the African American community, especially Sen. Cory Booker who lashed out at Biden.
Former President Barack Obama’s VP said this in his apology: “I chose to work within the system to make it better. Was I wrong to do that? I don’t think so. I do believe we have work to do, even with those who we find repugnant.”
Biden continued with: “Now, was I wrong a few weeks ago to give somehow the impression to people that I was praising those men who I successfully opposed time and again? Yes, I was. I regret it. I’m sorry for any of the pain or misconception they may have caused anybody.”
Biden went on to say that said that America in 2019 has drastically changed compared to the 70s and he has also personally changed.
Booker, who is also running for president, responded to Biden’s sorry by saying that Biden is a leader and America needs to be model of forgiveness and grace.
Booker stated: “I first want to say thank you. We are at a point in our country when we need our leaders to be able to speak towards race issues without falling into a defensive posture or shifting blame. We need to extend grace to each other. I’m never going to not accept somebody I respect and admire that has come to terms with this and apologized. I was very hurt by what he said.”
The New Jersey Democrat added: “He took a step towards healing today. I as somebody who was directly targeted by him and saying I needed to apologize, I want to extend to him grace as well and forgiveness what he said about me–forgiveness for that as well.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar praised Biden’s remarks; many are wondering, when will Sen. Kamala Harris who slammed Biden at the the Florida debate react to the apology?