US election 2020: Biden seeks spiritual comfort before maelstrom of ‘loneliest job in the world’

The president-elect attends church before throwing himself into the transition period ahead of his inauguration in January.

 

The church of St Joseph on the Brandywine in Wilmington has played a significant role in the life of Joe Biden.

It was no surprise then that, even as he begins the transition from private citizen to most powerful man on the planet, he sought spiritual comfort within its 19th-century walls.

 

What was surprising perhaps was that the small gathering of media and members of the public at the church gates was granted such a clear view of the former vice president, now under increased Secret Service protection, as he made his way inside.

WILMINGTON, DELAWARE - NOVEMBER 08: President-elect Joe Biden visits a family grave site after attending a mass at St. Joseph on the Brandywine Roman Catholic Church on November 08, 2020 in Wilmington, Delaware. Joe Biden became president-elect after beating incumbent President Donald Trump.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Image:Mr Biden visits a family grave site after attending church

It was to the total delight of locals who are getting used to the novelty of being home to Delaware’s first ever president of the United States.

He was accompanied by his daughter Ashley, and grandson Hunter, and it wasn’t just the 10.30am mass that brought the president-elect to St Joseph.

 

As he left the service, he made the short walk to the church’s cemetery. Buried there are his first wife Neilia and daughter Naomi, killed in a car accident in 1972, and his son Beau, who died of cancer in 2015.