To Joe Biden,the scrappy kid from Scranton who became Delaware's favorite son,
you were the first decision I made as a nominee, and it was the best.
Not just because you have been a great Vice President, but because in the bargain, I gained a brother.
And we love you and Jill like family, and your friendship has been one of the great joys of our lives.
To my remarkable staff: For eight years, and for some of you, a whole lot more, I have drawn from your energy,
and every day I tried to reflect back what you displayed, heart, and character, and idealism.
I've watched you grow up, get married, have kids, start incredible new journeys of your own.
Even when times got tough and frustrating, you never let Washington get the better of you.
You guarded against cynicism.
And the only thing that makes me prouder than all the good that we've done is the thought of all the amazing things that you're going to achieve from here.