Biden also gave a few Seattle shoutouts during the speech, including to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center – he visited past year as part of the initiative, and the center is now leading a Moonshot project – and one to Amazon, who is helping to provide computing power for an online repository for genomic data with Microsoft and the National Cancer Institute. “Many of you are developing technologies and innovations for purposes large and small, fun and serious, entertaining and lifesaving, that have nothing to do with cancer”, Biden said.
Biden also expressed his dream for the future, which is that the political spectrum will come together for this all-important cause: “The only bipartisan thing left in America is the fight against cancer”. “And what I realized that summer, and into the fall, that neither Jill nor I nor our beloved son Hunter and my daughter Ashley-really speaking for myself-had the stomach to do it”. But, Biden said, he is eager to work with the new administration on his initiative. The University of DE confirmed that Joe Biden will serve as the institute’s founding chair.
“That’s why we need your help”, Biden told technologists and others in the audience.
Jill Biden added. “They’re going to be eating ice cream together somewhere, I’m sure”. Hopefully, he said, they will use UD’s campus as a forum to debate issues.
The former vice president’s passion for the issue is personal. At their core, Republicans and Democrats are decent people.
“The public is so sick and exhausted of the sort of political carnage going on”, he said.
After gaining more experience with cancer research, he said realized that despite the vast leaps in technology cancer research had made, there needed to be more clear communication between different disciplines. “It’s always had my loyalty”. Other staffers include longtime aide Mike Donilon, who has been named managing director.
So much so that even the Joe Biden-Obama “bromance” memes continue to resurface, every now and then, on Twitter.
In speeches, Biden has often credited UD professors with helping him develop an interest in politics amidst the turmoil of the 1960s. Monday, he said it is too early to judge the performance of the administration, which he judged as playing catch-up.
When asked whether he would consider teaching at the University of Delaware, Biden says he would like to be a part of classes from time to time; however, he says teaching is not something he can commit to at this point. With President Barack Obama’s blessing, Biden started the Cancer Moonshot Initiative to find new treatment options to help save the 16 million people who die from cancer each year.
The party lost more than 900 state legislative seats from 2009 to 2017.