An emotional President-elect Joe Biden said goodbye to his home state of Delaware one day before he's sworn in as the 46th president of the United States.
He spoke at a goodbye event at the Major Joseph R. 'Beau' Biden III National Guard / Reserve Center, which is located on the New Castle Airport's campus - and the late Beau Biden was on the president-elect's mind.
'Ladies and gentleman, I only have one regret, he's not here because we should be introducing him as president,' Biden told the crowd, filled with friends and family, including son Hunter and daughter Ashley. 'But we have great opportunities, Delaware has taught us anything's possible, anything's possible in this country.'
President-elect Joe Biden cried as he said goodbye to his home state of Delaware and when talking about his late son Beau
Incoming first lady Jill Biden (left) waves to the audience at a ceremony at the Major Joseph R. 'Beau' Biden III National Guard /Reserve Center at the New Castle Airport, before President-elect Joe Biden's (right) inauguration
Incoming first lady Jill Biden (left) watches her husband speak alongside Hunter Biden (center) and baby Beau
Beau Biden was Delaware's attorney general and expected to pursue higher political office, but died of cancer in 2015
Beau Biden had been Delaware's attorney general and was long thought to hold higher political ambitions before being killed by brain cancer in 2015.
Biden is flying from the New Castle Airport to Joint Base Andrews.
'It's deeply personal that our journey to Washington starts here,' Biden said, speaking from a podium inscribed with his son's name.
He had originally hoped to take Amtrak - how he commuted back and forth between Washington and Wilmington for years as a U.S. senator - but the heightened security risk surrounding the inauguration killed off those plans. The Wilmington, Delaware Amtrak station is named after Biden.
In 2009, President-elect Barack Obama took a train from Philadelphia and picked up Biden, the vice president-elect in Wilmington, traveling to Washington, D.C.'s Union Station.
Biden recalled that day - and what a big deal it was that a black man was become president of the United States.
'And here we are today - my family and I - about to return to Washington to meet a black woman, of south Asian descent, to be sworn in as president and vice president of the United States,' Biden said, referring to his running mate, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
'As I told Beau on that station waiting for Barack - and Hunter and Ashley - I said don't tell me things can't change,' Biden continued. 'They can and they do.'
He said this hopeful mentality was thanks to Delaware.
'That's America. That's Delaware. A place of hope and light and limitless possibilities,' Biden said.
He asked the audience to excuse his emotion as he talked about his adopted home state, one that gave his parents 'a home and a livelihood when they needed it most.'
And sent him as a 'kid' to the U.S. Senate.
Biden was elected at age 29 and sworn-in, as the Constitution permits, at age 30.
'When I die, Delaware will be written on my heart and the hearts of all of the Bidens,' he said.
'We love you all, you've been there for us in the good and the bad, you never walked away,' Biden continued. 'And I am proud - proud, proud, proud to be a son of Delaware and I am even more proud to be standing here doing this from the Major Beau Biden facility.'
That's when the president-elect wished his son would have been the Biden to make it to the White House.