This year’s honorees are of equal stature. Christopher Irving was the Ashok Sani “All-Star” dad, a military man nominated by his adoring son who read his winning essay. Football superstar Joe Namath talked about the precarious state of the world, noting that as long as there are more good people than bad, we’ll be okay. “Everything starts at home,” he observed, emphasizing the importance of parenting and joking about how much he learned from his daughters. “Women have the right to change their minds; men should go along with this and be grateful to have women in their life.” Namath also spoke about his religious faith, and how lucky he was that two “guardian angels” rescued him from his partying phase back in the day.
Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden couldn’t agree more. Once criticized by one of his Congressional opponents for being present for only 86 percent of votes, Biden responded without apology that he’s aware of that fact, and that as a father of three, he intentionally opts for occasional baseball games and teacher conferences. Moreover, his priorities are unlikely to change. “I believe I deserve this award because my kids turned out okay,” he told an admiring audience. “In fact, all of them turned out to be much better people than I am.”