The president-elect invokes his late child often, the lawyer and Army officer’s nerve and dedication to his household still a motivation to his dad. Beau passed away of glioblastoma in 2015, the destruction dealt with the entire household affecting Biden’s option not to run for president in 2016—however likewise his choice to go all out in 2020.
In his 2017 narrative Promise Me, Dad, Joe Biden assesses his oldest child’s cancer fight, to name a few aspects of the vice-presidency and his own governmental aspirations. He informed the New York Times that he composed the book for his kids and grandchildren, who constantly wished to hear stories about Beau.
“I wanted to celebrate Beau’s life and the people he touched,” Joe described. “Beau had a strict code of honor. That may sound silly, but it’s true. My Dad had an expression: ‘Never explain and never complain.’ I never once heard Beau complain. Not once.”
Joe continued, “One night, when it was clear that the odds weren’t good, he asked me to stay after dinner at his house, about a mile from here. He said: ‘Dad, I know you love me more than anyone in the world. But promise me you’ll be O.K. I’ll be O.K., Dad.’ He had come face to face with his mortality. He watched me go through the loss of his mother and sister. And he didn’t want me to turn inward. He didn’t want me to give up on the robustness of life.”
In his eulogy for his bro, Hunter remembered his very first memory of Beau: Waking up in the healthcare facility beside him in 1972 after the vehicle wreck that eliminated their mother and sis.
Their dad informed the New York Times in 2017, “Hunt had a skull fracture, almost every bone in his body was broken. And Beau, just 4, in the next bed, held his hand and kept saying: ‘Hunt, I love you. Look at me. I love you, I love you, I love you.’ At the funeral Hunt said in 42 years that ‘he has never stopped holding my hand.'”