Joe frequently invokes his late son, Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III, the former Army Major and the former two-term Delaware Attorney General’s courage and dedication to his family is still a source of inspiration for his father. Beau died of glioblastoma in 2015, which influenced the still grieving vice president’s choice not to run for president in 2016, but also his decision to do so in 2020.
“I wanted to celebrate Beau’s life and the people he touched,” Joe say it New York Times in 2017, explaining the motivation behind his memoir promise me daddy. “Beau had a strict code of honor. It may sound silly, but it’s true. My father had an expression: ‘Never explain and never complain.’ I never heard Beau complain, not once.
Joe continued: “One night, when it was clear 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 fine, I’ll be fine, dad. He had come face to face with his mortality. He watched me cross the loss of his mother and sister. And he didn’t want me to withdraw into myself. He didn’t want me to give up the robustness of life.
In his eulogy for his brother, Hunter recalled his first memory of Beau: waking up in the hospital next to him in 1972 after the car accident that killed their mother and sister.
Joe told the New York Times in 2017, “Hunt had a fractured skull, nearly every bone in his body was broken. And Beau, just 4, in the bed next door, held his hand and wouldn’t stop say, ‘Hunt, I love you. Look at me. I love you, I love you, I love you. At the funeral, Hunt, 42, said he “never stopped caring for me. hold hands”.”
On January 19, he spoke at the National Guard/Army Reserve Center named after his son before departing for Washington, D.C., expressing how proud he was to be “a son of Delaware And I’m even prouder to be here doing this from Major Beau Biden’s installation. Ladies and gentlemen, I have only one regret: he’s not here. Because we should feature him. as president.