Biden: Obama offered financial help during Beau's cancer battle

President Obama once offered to give Vice President Biden money to help his family during his son’s battle with cancer, the vice president said Monday while discussing the high cost of cancer treatment.

Biden said that when Beau, his oldest son, became ill, he was prepared to sell his house in order to help his son’s wife and children if he had to step down as Delaware attorney general and forgo his salary.


When the vice president mentioned the possibility to Obama during one of their weekly lunches, the president “got up and he said, 'don't sell that house. Promise me you won't sell the house,’” Biden recalled during an interview with CNN

“He said, ‘I’ll give you the money. Whatever you need, I'll give you the money. Don't, Joe — promise me. Promise me,’” Biden continued. “I said, ‘I don't think we're going to have to anyway.’ He said, ‘promise me.’” 

The vice president did not sell his house, and he indicated that the president’s financial help ended up not being necessary. 

Biden said the story showed how close Obama and he have have become during their seven years in the White House, also citing the moving eulogy the president delivered for his son last year.

“His love of family, and my family, and my love of his family — you know, his two granddaughters — his two children and my granddaughters are best friends,” Biden said. “His number two daughter, my number three granddaughter — they vacation together. They play on teams together. They sleep at each other's homes all the time. It's really … it's personal. It’s family.”