Obama Assigned Joe Biden To Cure Cancer
In his farewell State of the Union address, President Barack Obama spelled out his continuing aspirations and dreams for the country amid a deeply toxic partisanship that divides American society today.
In his speech, he galvanized his optimistic call for a 'moonshot' to cure cancer. The President underscored the importance of mobilizing public resources into medical research to search for cancer cure.
"For the loved ones we've all lost, for the families that we can still save, let's make America the country that cures cancer once and for all," said President Obama as quoted by Los Angeles Times.
With his cancer research initiative announced publicly, he put Vice-president Joe Biden to spearhead the efforts.
"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 40 years, I'm putting Joe in charge of mission control," announced Obama as he officially endorsed Biden to lead the way as reported by ABC News.
The loss of his son, Beau Biden, to brain cancer will make the assignment not just a noble post-political role for him but, more importantly, a personal crusade as well.
A parallel comparison can be drawn with Al Gore. The former US Vice-president became the poster boy of climate change- a path he chose after withdrawing from politics following a controversial defeat to George Bush back in 2000.
To lead the 'national commitment to end cancer', 15 cancer experts were recently invited for a discussion with the Vice-president to sketch a roadmap to finding a cure for cancer.
According to New York Times, cancer remains America's top killer with 589,430 reported cancer deaths in 2015 alone despite a significant decline over the years. With breakthrough advancements in medical science, new drugs and therapies have yielded optimistic results but treatments are still way too expensive for most Americans.