Former Vice President Joe Biden Visits Boston For Mayor Marty Walsh’s Swearing In Ceremony

Yesterday, former Vice President Joe Biden was in Boston to preside over Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s swearing in ceremony for his second term of office. The event was held at Cutler Majestic Theatre where Biden called Walsh one of the nation’s best mayors.

“I know you’ve all been privileged to have some really great mayors over the history of this incredible city, but I don’t think it’s going to be a surprise to anybody to hear me say that, in my view, Marty Walsh can proudly take his place alongside any of them,” Biden said.

Mayor Marty WalshPhoto Credit: Mayor Marty Walsh

Walsh took office in 2013 after the late Tom Menino, the city’s longest serving mayor, decided not to seek reelection. Since being elected, Walsh has tackled issues like the housing shortage, public education, affordable housing, crime rates and increasing the number of jobs. His plans for the second term? “Next up is a state-of-the-art new school for Boston Arts Academy in the Fenway. We are moving forward with a new building for the international Quincy Upper School in Chinatown. And we are going to rebuild the Carter School in the South End, serving students with the most profound special needs. Our plan is to triple the capacity and install a therapeutic pool for this compassionate gem of a school community.”

Mayor Marty WalshPhoto Credit: Mayor Marty Walsh

He concluded, “Boston built America’s first public school, public park, and public library. We dug the first subway and invented the first telephone. We ran the first annual marathon and won the first World Series. Now let’s be the first major city to come together as a community and end chronic homelessness for good…Together we have built a city of neighborhoods that care, a city of second chances, a city of learning and healing, a city of courage and creativity, a city of heart and hope. We are one of the great cities of the world and, after nearly four centuries, our greatest days are yet to come.”