Joe Biden Shares The Heartwarming Way Obama Supported Him During His Son's Cancer Battle

"Barack came running down the hall saying, 'Joe, is Beau OK?'"

A heartwarming story about Barack Obama from Joe Biden's new interview with InStyle magazine is reminding us why we love their friendship so much. The former vice president describes the support Obama gave him when hisson Beau was battling cancer, an experience he outlines in his new book, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.


"Barack has always been very interested in my family, asking me, 'Why did you do that?' 'How did you do that?' 'How did that happen?'" Biden told the magazine. "Because here's a man who had a pretty disconnected upbringing. My family seemed to intrigue him."

He went on to describe Obama's reaction to Beau's health issues. "When Beau had what we thought was a stroke two years before it got diagnosed as cancer, Barack came running down the hall saying, 'Joe, is Beau OK? Joe, is he all right?'"

But perhaps the most powerful gesture of friendship and support Obama made was when Biden considered selling his house to pay for Beau's cancer treatment, and Obama offered to help. "Barack was emotional. He said, 'Joe, don't do that, don't do that! You love that house. Don't do that. I'll give you the money.'"

Beau Biden passed away of brain cancer in May 2015. He served in Iraq and was the Attorney General of Delaware from 2007 to 2015. Last August, Vice President Biden was present at the dedication of a monument to Beau in Kosovo, where he worked as a legal adviser in 2001. Biden has also established the Biden Cancer Initiative, which aims to improve prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the disease.

Biden's new book, out November 14, follows the former VP between 2014 and 2015, "from the time of Beau's diagnosis to when I announced I wasn't running for president." Biden told InStyle that his family, particularly Beau, had encouraged him to run for the 2016 presidential election. 

On the topic of a possible 2020 run, Biden was uncertain. "I learned a long time ago that, first, three and a half years is two lifetimes in presidential politics. And second, my family is healing. I'm sure other families have had this experience, but the loss of Beau was a devastating blow," he said, later acknowledging what he could bring to the job. "I'm familiar with the issues, and I think I could bring some talent there. So it's not that I don't think I'm equipped to do the job. We'll just see."

Biden also told InStyle about his love for the funny White House Correspondents' Dinner video "Couch Commander," in which he tries on sunglasses and asks Obama's opinion. He even shared his thoughts on those ubiquitous Obama-Biden memes

"I think the reason the memes worked is because no one has ever doubted the authenticity of the relationship," Biden said. "And by the way, we have had shouting matches too, but that's what brothers do, that's what friends do. They don't let insults or hurts go unattended."

Considering Obama surprised Biden with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in January, we'd say their friendship is about as authentic as it gets.

(H/T: Bustle)


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