As Vice President Joe Biden grappled with his son’s possible resignation as Delaware’s attorney general due to his failing health, President Barack Obama offered to help his second-in-command pay his family’s bills.
In an interview aired Monday by CNN, the vice president said that he told Obama that he and his wife Jill planned to sell their home in Delaware to support Beau Biden’s family if his son became unable to work.
“Jill and I will sell the house and be in good shape,” Biden says he told the president during a weekly meeting.
Obama’s response was swift, the vice president recounted.
“Don't sell that house. Promise me you won't sell the house,” the president said, according to Biden’s recollection of the conversation. “I’ll give you the money. Whatever you need, I'll give you the money.”
Beau Biden suffered from a stroke in May 2010, prompting fears that he might lose cognitive functions and be forced to step down from his post. He completed his term and began preparing for a gubernatorial run before his health deteriorated again. Beau Biden died of brain cancer in June 2015.
The vice president cited his family's painful mourning process as the primary reason he declined to run for president in 2016.