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Del. Pool Where Biden Worked as Teen Named After Him

The photo of Biden sitting in the lifeguard chair while in a suit became a hit on Twitter



    Pool Named for Joe Biden

    A pool in Wilmington, Delaware was renamed after former Vice President Joe Biden, who worked at the pool as a lifeguard as a high school senior.

    (Published Tuesday, June 27, 2017)

    Former Vice President Joe Biden already has a train station in Wilmington, Delaware, named for him. Now, local officials are making a splash by naming a swimming pool for him.

    Gov. John Carney joined Biden and community members on Monday, when the aquatic center at the Brown-Burton Winchester Park was renamed the Joseph R. Biden Sr. Aquatic Center in his honor.

    Biden, who lived in nearby Mayfield, worked at the inner-city pool as a teen. It was known then as the Prices Run swimming pool, and Biden was the only white lifeguard working there, according to his 2008 autobiography.

    Watch: Senators Pay Tribute to Joe Biden With SpeechesWatch: Senators Pay Tribute to Joe Biden With Speeches

    Vice President Joe Biden was honored with an emotional bi-partisan tribute on the Senate chamber floor on Dec. 7. 2016. Senators on both sides of the aisle were on the same page as they stepped up to express their admiration and gratitude to the outgoing vice president. An emotional Biden sat in the presiding chair during the moving tribute, which latest for more than two hours as lawmakers celebrated their colleague.
    (Published Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016)

    "I was a kid from suburbia," Biden told the audience during the dedication speech. "I wanted to get more involved. And I realized I lived in a neighborhood where I'd turn on the television and I'd see and listen to Dr. [Martin Luther] King and others. But I didn't know any black people. No, I really didn't. And you didn't know any white people, either. That's the truth. So I wanted to work here."

    Biden continued: "I owe you all. I owe this neighborhood. I learned so, so much. You've always had my back.... I've always had your back, and I'll always have [it] as long as I'm around."

    NBC10's Tim Furlong posted a photo on Twitter of Biden sitting in the lifeguard chair while dressed in a suit. The photo went viral and garnered quirky reactions from users.

    Obama Thanks 'Brother' Biden in Farewell AddressObama Thanks 'Brother' Biden in Farewell Address

    President Barack Obama says choosing Joe Biden to be his vice president was the first and best choice he made during a farewell address in Chicago, Illinois, on Jan. 10, 2016.
    (Published Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017)