Obama offered financial support amid my son’s illness: Joe Biden

January 13, 2017
Published in Global




Vice-President Joe Biden said he considered selling his home to help support his dying son’s family, prompting President Barack Obama to offer him financial support.

Obama offered to help Biden, who earns $230,000 annually, during one of their weekly lunches, the vice-president said in an interview with CNN published on Tuesday.

Beau Biden considered resigning from his post as Delaware attorney general because of medical concerns. He suffered from a mild stroke in 2010 and was found to have brain cancer in August 2013, while serving his second term as attorney general.

Biden said he and his wife Jill, a community college professor, thought about selling their house to help support Beau’s family if he resigned because there was “nothing for him to fall back on, no salary”.

“He [Obama] got up and he said, ‘Don’t sell that house. Promise me you won’t sell the house,’” Biden said.

Officials said Beau Biden was given “a clean bill of health” in November 2013, but his brain cancer returned in spring 2015. He died from the disease in May.

Biden said Obama was the only person he kept updated on his son’s condition outside of the family, because he wanted the president to know what state he was in.

“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 said.

Biden told the story after CNN asked what his most memorable moment with Obama was during their seven years in office together.

Biden said he thought Obama might be “mad” and “embarrassed” that he was sharing the story publicly.

Biden said he ultimately did not need to sell his home and suggested he had not accepted money from the president.
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