Joe Biden Wrote The Best Tweet To Julia Louis Dreyfus After Finding Out Fellow ‘Veep’ Had Breast Cancer

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The second nicest man in American politics, Joe Biden, just got nicer. 

The former Vice President – the Laurel to Obama’s Hardy – shared a warm message of support with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who has just been diagnosed with cancer.

Dreyfus, the actress who played the vice president in HBO‘s Veep shared the news yesterday:

Louis-Dreyfus wrote:

1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one.

The good news is that I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union.

The bad news is that not all women are so lucky, so let’s fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality.

Biden was one of the many, many public figures in America who shared his support:

Biden and Louis-Dreyfus share a particularly strong bond, after they appeared together in a skit about the vice-Presidential position in the Oval Office, aviators included.

Biden played himself, alongside Louis-Dreyfus’ character, Selina Meyer, who also briefly served as the fictional President.

You can watch the pair spoofing below:

Biden’s involvement with cancer became personal when his late son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013.

Two years later, the younger Biden died at the age of 46, prompting his father’s decision not to run for the 2016 Democratic nomination for POTUS.

Julia was quick to share her own kind words with Biden senior:

Soon after Beau Biden lost his fight against cancer, former President Barack Obama put Beau’s dad at the forefront of a national cancer fight.

In January of 2016, Obama shared this mission statement:

Last year, Vice President Biden said that with a new moonshot, America can cure cancer… Tonight, I’m announcing a new national effort to get it done. And because he’s gone to the mat for all of us, on so many issues over the past forty years, I’m putting Joe in charge of Mission Control.

For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the family we can still save, let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all.

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After leaving the White House, Biden has continued his dedication to fighting cancer and finding cures, launching a new non-profit organisation called the Biden Cancer Initiative.

The initiative will ‘complement and accelerate, not duplicate, the work of the scores of cancer foundations that exist today by addressing the institutional and structural issues that slow down progress in fighting all forms of cancer’.

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During an appearance at the South By Southwest music, technology, and arts festival in Austin, Texas in March, Biden told the audience Obama ‘would have loved to have been the president who presided over the end of cancer as we know it.’

In May, Biden was the keynote speaker at Fortune‘s second annual Brainstorm Health conference.

There, he stated the Biden Cancer Initiative would be the next iteration of the Moonshot and he would continue to tackle issues like data silos, slow drug regulatory pathways and the high cost of cancer drugs through the organisation.

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It just goes to show politics doesn’t have to be nasty.

We wish you a fast recovery, Julia!


Francesca Donovan

Francesca Donovan

A former emo kid who talks too much about 8Chan meme culture, the Kardashian Klan, and how her smartphone is probably killing her. Francesca is a Cardiff University Journalism Masters grad who has done words for BBC, ELLE, The Debrief, DAZED, an art magazine you've never heard of and a feminist zine which never went to print.