A public swimming pool in Wilmington, Del., where Joe BidenJoe BidenDelaware pool where Biden worked as lifeguard named after him The Hill's 12:30 Report Biden rips Senate GOP healthcare bill, says it "isn't about healthcare" MORE once worked as a lifeguard has been renamed after the former vice president.
The pool is now called the Joseph R. Biden Sr.
"It's a great honor".
Biden told the crowd gathered at the inner-city pool on Monday that as a child growing up in suburban Mayfield, Delaware, he wanted to get more involved. "Thank you very much", Biden said shortly before the large sign on the bathhouse was unveiled to a cheering crowd.
Reminiscing about his part-time job, Biden said the dozen black fellow lifeguards "treated me as an equal". I owe this neighborhood. 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.
Biden, 74, was all smiles on Monday at the dedication ceremony, even taking a seat in the lifeguard's chair and pretending to take a dive. More than four decades later, he went on to serve as vice president for Barack Obama, the first black president in the U.S.
The governor extolled the renaming gesture as a message for everyone to remember Biden's contribution to the community.
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