The best of Joe Biden's quotes on Ireland - Irish American Hall of Fame inductee on immigration reform - VIDEO

Vice President Joe Biden talks about his Irish roots, the need for immigration reform, poetry and his family

On his favorite contemporary poet Seamus Heaney:

“In his poem The Cure at Troy he says:

‘History says, Don't hope on this side of the grave. But then, once in a lifetime the longed for tidal wave of justice can rise up, and hope and history rhyme.’

“There are over 11 million people out there, good people, who are waiting for hope and history to rhyme. I think we above all other people., who felt that brunt, that prejudice, the disregard for talent, the marginalization of our religion, the charizcation of our families. I think we have both the capacity and the obligation, not just to take those 50,000 Irish people out of the shadows but everyone out of the shadows.”

Here's the full video of Joe Biden's speech: