As he battled with brain cancer, Joe Biden’s eldest son Beau was faced with the possibility of stepping down as Delaware’s attorney general. At that point, the U.S. vice president considered selling his house to financially support his family.
But someone stopped him from taking that measure: his boss, President Barack Obama.
In an emotional interview with CNN’s chief political analyst Gloria Borger, Biden recalled a rather personal conversation he had with the U.S. president during one of their weekly lunches.
"I said, 'But I worked it out.'" Biden then told Obama. "I said, 'But — Jill and I will sell the house and be in good shape.'"
However, Obama vehemently opposed the idea.
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“He’s going to be mad that I’m saying this,” Biden added, before revealing that Obama offered him financial assistance.
"He got up and he said, 'Don't sell that house. Promise me you won't sell the house,'" Biden told Borger. "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.’”
Although Biden didn’t exactly say if he accepted the offer, he hinted it had not been necessary.
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Beau Biden died of brain cancer in May 2015. In the aftermath of his son’s loss, Biden has given several candid interviews about his grief and how it influenced his potential run for presidency. However, this is the first time he has revealed Obama’s involvement in the matter.