Obama: ‘Let’s make America the country that cures cancer’


In his final State of the Union Address Tuesday, President Barack Obama announced a new national effort to cure cancer, and charged Vice President Joe Biden with leading it.

“Because (Biden has) gone to the mat for all of us, on so many issues over the past forty years, I’m putting Joe in charge of Mission Control,” said President Obama.

The Vice President’s commitment to fighting cancer became known during his Rose Garden speech in October, during which he announced he wouldn’t be running for President. Seeking a cure for cancer became one of his main priorities after the disease took his son Beau’s life in May.

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In a Medium post posted Tuesday night, the Vice President outlined his “moonshot” to cure cancer.

“It’s personal for me,” said Vice President Biden. “But it’s also personal for nearly every American, and millions of people around the world.”

The Vice President plans to do two things while working on this initiative: increase public and private resources to fight cancer and revolutionize the way information on cancer is shared.