President Biden, in a joint assertion with the primary girl, Jill Biden, mentioned on Monday night time that he had the chance to talk with Mr. Mondale and his household over the weekend. He recalled how Mr. Mondale was one of many first individuals to greet him when he arrived in Washington in 1973 when each he and Mr. Mondale had been senators, and the way he appeared to him for recommendation.
“When President Obama requested me to think about being his vp, Fritz was my first name and trusted information,” Mr. Biden mentioned. “He not solely took my name, he wrote me a memo. It was Walter Mondale who outlined the vice presidency as a full partnership, and helped present a mannequin for my service.”
Mr. Biden mentioned that few senators had commanded such common respect as Mr. Mondale.
“He could have been modest and unassuming in method, however he was unwavering in his pursuit of progress; instrumental in passing legal guidelines just like the Honest Housing Act to stop racial discrimination in housing, Title IX to offer extra alternatives for ladies, and legal guidelines to guard the environment,” he mentioned.
Vice President Kamala Harris, the primary lady elected to the workplace, lauded Mr. Mondale for his collaborative function within the Carter administration and for his collection of Ms. Ferraro in 1984 as his working mate.
“He introduced the president and the vice President nearer collectively, redefining the connection as a real partnership,” Ms. Harris mentioned in an announcement on Monday night time. “Vice President Mondale labored facet by facet with President Carter as the 2 endeavored to finish the arms race, promote human rights and set up peace.”