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Vice President Biden personally thanks Hawaii's military

Vice President Joe Biden Vice President Joe Biden

KANEOHE (HawaiiNewsNow) - You never know what Vice President Joe Biden will say. In his speech at the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base he appeared to stick to the script thanking the estimated 1,000 members of the military and their families who were at the speech.  

"Your presence in Hawaii plays a critical role in America's approach in the Asia-Pacific region. I just finished a multi-day trip to China, Mongolia and Japan and in every one of those stops I reminded those leaders that we are a Pacific power. We are a resident Pacific power and we intend to stay that way. We are not going away. Asia and the United States are not separated by a great ocean, we are bound by it and you are the blood and the sinew that binds us," said Vice President Biden.

"I'm honored to be in this hanger today with a whole hanger full of heroes. I understand some of you are deploying in a couple days to the Helmand Province in Afghanistan. I say God speed and God bless you."  

People in the audience reacted positively. Many got to meet him as he stuck around for an hour and a half taking a photo with anyone who wanted one, even some that didn't expect it.

"It's just kind of crazy. He just walked up and asked if he can hold my daughter and he picked her up and took our picture," said Michelle, who's husband is currently deployed.  

"I thought it was very motivational. It's the first time I've seen him in person so I was very motivated. It was great for someone like him to speak with us," said L.Cpl. Manuel Arritola, Kaneohe Marine Corps Base.

"It takes a really big person to sit there in front of thousands of people and say that America owes them. I feel that is something a lot more people should do, not just Presidents, Vice Presidents and Congress but people in general," said Cpl. Cornelius Tolbert, Kaneohe Marine Corps Base.  

After the speech Vice President Biden was off to Hickam Air Force Base where he took off to fly directly to his home state of Delaware, just in time to feel the affects of Hurricane Irene.

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