Former Vice President Joe Biden may have considered running for the White House, however his oldest son, Beau, was fighting a terminal disease that needed more of his attention. Biden has written a memoir about 2015, probably the most difficult year of his life, in his new book, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship and Purpose.”
In a clip from the audio book, Biden explains just how much his son helped him stay grounded.
“Beau would always grab my arm just before I walked on stage and pull me back toward him until I was looking into his eyes,” Biden says in the clip. “’Dad, look at me. Look at me, Dad. Remember, Dad. Home base, Dad. Home base.’ What he was saying was, remember who you are. Remember what matters. Stay true to your ideals. Be courageous.”
In November 2014, six months before Biden’s son died after a battle with brain cancer, the family gathered in Nantucket, Mass. During what would be his final Thanksgiving, Beau told his father: “Promise me, Dad. Give me your word that no matter what happens, you’re going to be all right.” Those words are what inspired the title of the former Vice President’s book.
According to the Audible press release, “‘Promise Me, Dad’ chronicles the twelve months when the Vice President balanced the twin imperatives of living up to his responsibilities to his country and focusing on family while his son Beau battled brain cancer.”
Of his new book, Biden said that he hopes his story will resonate with other Americans who have had to go through what he went through. Biden states that he feels extremely fortunate to have a strong support system around him and understand that others in America “go through far worse than I have, with far less support.