Ahead of President Obama’s final State of the Union speech, Joe Biden stopped by CNN to reveal a story that related to his son, Beau, who passed away last spring after a struggle with cancer. This tragedy eventually played a role in Joe’s decision to not run for president, but the crisis of Beau’s illness had far-reaching effects.
Faced with the prospect of supporting Beau’s family, Joe confided his worries to Obama, who did not hesitate to extend everything possible. This offer included both the emotional support requested, but also an unexpected offer of financial help. Obama was very firm in his insistence that none of the Biden family should struggle while enduring Beau’s illness, and Joe’s respect for Obama was audible as he spoke about his friend:
“I said, ‘But I worked it out.'” Biden recalled telling Obama. “I said, ‘But — Jill and I will sell the house and be in good shape.’ … He got up and he said, ‘Don’t sell that house. Promise me you won’t sell the house. 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 gave a little nod to how Obama may be “mad” when hearing this report, but hey, Obama deserves a recognition for something we’d never hear about otherwise. Both men have been through so much together — both professionally and personally — throughout two terms. At Tuesday evening’s State of the Union speech, we’ll see them come together again. Let’s hope Kim Davis doesn’t pull too much attention away from the event itself.