Joe Biden Says President Obama Offered Financial Help During Son Beau's Cancer Fight

Joe Biden says President Obama told him he'd provide "whatever you need"


When Vice President Joe Biden reflects on his time in office under President Barack Obama one touching moment stands out.

Biden told CNN Tuesday morning that the president offered to provide financial help, if needed, during his son Beau Biden‘s battle with brain cancer.

Beau, who served as the 44th Attorney General of Delaware from January 2007 to January 2015, died last May at age 46. He was diagnosed with brain cancer nearly two years prior and was hospitalized in serious condition a week before his death.

The vice president – who noted the president would be “mad” at him for sharing the story of his kind offer – said he told Obama during a lunch one day that he was worried about caring for Beau’s family without his son’s attorney general salary. Biden told CNN that he advised Obama, however, that he had worked out a solution and would sell his home.

“[Obama] got up and he said, ‘Don’t sell that house. Promise me you won’t sell the house,’ ” Biden said. “He said, ‘I’ll give you the money. Whatever you need, I’ll give you the money. Don’t, Joe – promise me. Promise me.’ ”

Despite Biden’s protestations, he said Obama repeatedly pledged to give him “whatever you need.”

“He was the only guy other than my family I confided all along in everything that was going on with Beau,” Biden shared.

The vice president also named Obama’s emotional eulogy for Beau as a moment he would “never forget.”

Biden said the loss of his son was one of the reasons he ultimately decided not to run for the presidency this year.

He said in October, “Dealing with the loss of Beau, any parent listening who’s lost a child, knows that you can’t – it doesn’t follow schedules of primaries and caucuses and contributors – everybody grieves at a different pace.”

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