Biden says Beau's assessment of first 100 days would be 'Be who you are'
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President BidenJoe BidenMilitary must better understand sexual assaults to combat them The Hill's Equilibrium — Presented by NextEra Energy — Tasmanian devil wipes out penguin population On The Money: Democrats make full-court press on expanded child tax credit | White House confident Congress will raise debt ceiling MORE reflected on what his late son Beau Biden would have said about the president’s first 100 days in office.

In an interview with MSNBC that aired on Wednesday, host Lawrence O’Donnell asked President Biden what he hoped his late son, who died in 2015, would say if he talked to him today.

Fighting back tears, Biden said he hoped his son would say something that he often said when the two discussed a political issue.


"He’d say, 'Dad, look at me. Remember: home base. Home base. Be who you are,' ” Biden said.

“The one thing that I hope he would say is 'Dad, your home base, you're sticking to it,' ” Biden continued. “Some things are worth losing over, old buddy. I haven’t done this this long to do things I don’t believe.”  

After O’Donnell thanked Biden for his time for the interview, the president said: “you always catch me off guard with Beau … he should be sitting in this chair.”

Beau Biden died of brain cancer in 2015 at the age of 46. He had served in Iraq in the Delaware Army National Guard. 

He also became a rising star in Democratic politics. The president’s late son was the attorney general of Delaware, and was thought to be a potential gubernatorial candidate in 2016.

Congress named a medical research bill after Beau Biden in 2016. During his first address to a joint session of Congress, Biden thanked Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDemocrats go down to the wire with Manchin Schumer unloads on GOP over elections bill: 'How despicable of a man is Donald Trump?' This week: Senate set for voting rights fight MORE (R-Ky.) — who was the majority leader at the time — for helping shepherd the act.