Biden: ‘Essence of Administration … Look Out for the Least Among Us’

By Fred Lucas | April 5, 2013 | 10:31 AM EDT

Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the vice presidential debate at Centre College, Oct. 11, 2012, in Danville, Ky. (AP File Photo)

( – Vice President Joe Biden said at the White House Easter Prayer Breakfast Friday – almost a week after Easter -- that the essence and most animated principle of the Obama administration has been looking out for the least among us.

Biden talked about his trip to Rome where he heard a homily from Pope Francis.

“I believe his message reads something essential about all faiths,” Biden said. “That is ultimately, we all believe we have a responsibility to one another. We are our brothers’ and our sisters’ keepers. When it comes down to it, we all know that we’re connected by much more than divides us, although the focus is always on what divides us.”

“As we move forward as a nation, I do believe we’re going to be judged on how we answer that call, that call of moral responsibility to one another, whether we stand up for those who are the least among us, that we act on their behalf,” Biden continued. “One of the things I think – at least the president and I believe -- has been the essence of this administration, the most animated principle of the administration, has been just that, to look out for the least among us. Those are the values that I know, that the president and I personally know.”

President Barack Obama also attended. He spoke about his pre-Easter trip to Israel, particularly his trip to the Church of the Nativity.

“I thought of the poor and the sick who seek comfort and the marginalized and the forsaken who seek solace and the grateful who merely seek to offer thanks for the simple blessings of this life and awesome glory of the next,” the president said. “I was reminded while our time on earth is fleeting, He is eternal. His life, His lessons, live on in our hearts, and most importantly our actions, when we tend to the sick, when we sacrifice for those in need. Wherever and whenever we are there to give comfort and to guide and to love, then Christ is with us.”