Ahead of the president’s final State of the Union Address, Joe Biden spoke with CNN about his life, career, and friendship with President Barack Obama, recounting how he was supportive throughout his son’s battle with brain cancer. Beau Biden, the former attorney general of Delaware, died in May at the age of 46 following a long struggle with the disease.
Before Beau died, Biden told CNN that he talked to Obama over one of their lunches about selling his home in Wilmington, Del. in an effort to help provide for his family. But Obama quickly shut down the possibility of Biden selling the family home by offering to help pay for any expenses, a gesture that deeply touched the vice president, he told the cable news station.
“He got up and he said, ‘Don’t sell that house. Promise me you won’t sell the house,’” Biden continued, speculating Obama would be “mad” he was retelling the story.
“He said, ‘I’ll give you the money. Whatever you need, I’ll give you the money. Don’t, Joe — promise me. Promise me.’ I said, ‘I don’t think we’re going to have to anyway.’ He said, ‘promise me,’” Biden recalled.
Biden said throughout his son’s failing health, the president stayed by his side — including any time there were developments about Beau’s treatment.
Biden and Obama’s bond further grew after the president delivered a touching eulogy at his son’s funeral. Beau was widely celebrated for his military career and short tenure as attorney general in 2006. It was expected that Beau would fill his father’s Senate seat shortly before his battle with cancer was made public.
During the eulogy, President Obama celebrated Beau Biden’s strength and accomplishments.
“He did in 46 years what most of us couldn’t do in 146,” Obama said. “He left nothing in the tank. He was a man who led a life where the means were as important as the ends. And the example he set made you want to be a better dad, or a better son, or a better brother or sister, better at your job, the better soldier. He made you want to be a better person. Isn’t that finally the measure of a man—the way he lives, how he treats others, no matter what life may throw at him?”
Speaking about the importance of Obama’s legacy, Biden explained his relationship with the president is deeper than politics. With his granddaughters and Obama’s daughters forming close friendships, he said they’re just like family.
Check out more clips from Biden’s interview here.
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21 Of President Barack Obama's Best Photos Of 2015
1. JANUARY: President Obama delivers the State of the Union address with the support of vice president Joe Biden. Obama gained mass support after his joke about winning both terms.Source:Getty 1 of 10
2. APRIL: President Obama arrives in Jamaica to meet with the 15-member Caribbean Community. His trip marked a first for the sitting president and second since the country's independence.Source:Getty 2 of 10
3. JUNE: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seen talking during the president's trip to the G7Summit in Bavaria, Germany.Source:Getty 3 of 10
4. JUNE: President Obama sings "Amazing Grace" during the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney's funeral service. Clementa was one of the nine victims who died after suspected shooter Dylann Roof entered the AME church and opened fire.Source:Getty 4 of 10
5. SEPTEMBER: President Obama is featured on the popular show "Running Wild With Bear Grylls." Obama took the trip to highlight the importance of climate control.Source:Getty 5 of 10
6. SEPTEMBER: The First Couple serve as "love goals" at the White House's state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on controlling climate change and a mutual outlook on cyber security.Source:Getty 6 of 10
7. OCTOBER: President Obama meets with Ahmed Mohamed, the student who was detained by Texas police for his homemade clock. The president stood by the teen, who many believe was the victim of Islamophobia.Source:Getty 7 of 10
8. NOVEMBER: President Obama issues a warning to his critics who "pop off" at his policies towards Syrian refugees. Speaking at the OP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, Obama welcomed his Republican critics to the White House to lay down their own policies. No one has responded.Source:Getty 8 of 10
9. DECEMBER: President Obama addresses the public from the Oval Office regarding the San Bernardino shooting.Source:Getty 9 of 10
10. DECEMBER: All grown up! The First Family, including Obama's mother-in-law Marian Robinson, is seen at the White House's national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2.Source:Getty 10 of 10
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