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Vice President Biden on Suicide

“It was the first time in my career, my life, I realized someone could go out — and I probably shouldn’t say this with the press here, but — no, but it’s more important. You’re more important. For the first time in my life I understood how someone could consciously decide to commit suicide.”

“Not because they were deranged, not because they were nuts; because they’d been to the top of the mountain and they just knew in their heart they’d never get there again, that it was never going to be that way ever again. That’s how an awful lot of you feel.

VP Biden, talking with a support group for friends and families of military service members killed in action. Biden’s wife and daughter were killed in a car accident in 1972, and he understandably went through some dark thoughts afterwards. You know, for being The Onion’s favorite target (and not undeservedly so; the guy does say some interesting things), this is actually really touching and poignant.