Obama offered to help Biden financially during son's illness

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Joe Biden Says Obama Offered Him Financial Help During Son's Illness


Vice President Joe Biden said President Barack Obama offered to give him money to help with expenses while his son Beau was battling cancer.

In an interview broadcast on CNN on Monday, Biden said Obama made the offer during lunch after Biden told him he was considering selling his house to raise funds to help Beau, who died of brain cancer in May 2015 at age 46.

Biden said at the time of the lunch it appeared Beau might have to resign his position as Delaware's attorney general because of the illness.

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(L-R) Beau Biden's brother Hunter (top L), son Hunter (bottom L), widow Hallie, Vice President Joe Biden and daughter Natalie look on before a funeral mass for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Biden, at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Delaware June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers the eulogy during the funeral of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, at St. Anthony of Padua church in Wilimington, Delaware June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden leave following the funeral for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Delaware June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool
Singer Chris Martin of the band Coldplay hugs Vice President Joe Biden after performing the song "Til' Kingdom Come" during the funeral of Biden's son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, at St. Anthony of Padua church in Wilimington, Delaware June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Chris Martin of the band Coldplay sings the song "Til' Kingdom Come" during the funeral of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, at St. Anthony of Padua church in Wilimington, Delaware June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Vice President Joseph Biden (R) greets clergyman after a funeral mass for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Biden, at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Delaware June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
U.S. President Barack Obama returns to the White House with first lady Michelle Obama (R) and their daughter Sasha after attending the Delaware funeral of Vice President Joe Biden's late son Beau, in Washington June 6, 2015. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan
President Barack Obama delivers a eulogy at the funeral for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Biden, at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Delaware June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool
(L-R) Beau Biden's brother Hunter (top L), son Hunter (bottom L), widow Hallie, Vice President Joe Biden, daughter Natalie and stepmother Jill Biden look on before a funeral mass for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Biden, at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Delaware June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Bryan Woolston
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) hugs Vice President Joe Biden during the funeral of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Delaware June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/Pool
A procession carrying a casket enters the funeral of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Delaware June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/Pool
Vice President Joe Biden attends the funeral of his son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Delaware June 6, 2015. REUTERS/Doug Mills/Pool
President Barack Obama arrives at the funeral of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Delaware June 5, 2015. REUTERS/Doug Mills/Pool
NEW CASTLE, DE - JUNE 6: The Delaware Health and Social Services posts a note of thanks to former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden June 6, 2015 in New Castle, Delaware. Biden died at 46 following a two-year battle with brain cancer. A mass of Christian burial was held at nearby St. Anthony of Padua Church in Wilmington, Delaware. U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a eulogy for the son of Vice President Joe Biden. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
WILMINGTON, DE - JUNE 6: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (C) arrives with family for a mass of Christian burial at St. Anthony of Padua Church for his son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, on June 6, 2015 in Wilmington, Delaware. U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a eulogy for the son of Vice President Joe Biden after he died at 46 following a two-year battle with brain cancer. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
WILMINGTON, DE - JUNE 6: A funeral procession marches towards a mass of Christian burial at St. Anthony of Padua Church for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden on June 6, 2015 in Wilmington, Delaware. U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a eulogy for the son of Vice President Joe Biden after he died at 46 following a two-year battle with brain cancer. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
WILMINGTON, DE - JUNE 6: U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (C) and his wife Dr. Jill Biden (R) arrive with family for a mass of Christian burial at St. Anthony of Padua Church for there son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, on June 6, 2015 in Wilmington, Delaware. U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a eulogy for the son of Vice President Joe Biden after he died at 46 following a two-year battle with brain cancer. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
WILMINGTON, DE - JUNE 6: Vice President Joe Biden (C) arrives with his family for a mass of Christian burial at St. Anthony of Padua Church for his son, former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, on June 6, 2015 in Wilmington, Delaware. U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a eulogy for the son of Vice President Joe Biden after he died at 46 following a two-year battle with brain cancer. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
WILMINGTON, DE - JUNE 6: (L-R) Eva Kislowski, 9, and Lauren Vernot, 7, hold a commemorative program for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, as the hearse and Biden family arrive for a mass of Christian burial at St. Anthony of Padua Church on June 6, 2015 in Wilmington, Delaware. U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a eulogy for the son of Vice President Joe Biden after he died at 46 following a two-year battle with brain cancer. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
WILMINGTON, DE - JUNE 6: A funeral procession marches towards a mass of Christian burial at St. Anthony of Padua Church for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden on June 6, 2015 in Wilmington, Delaware. U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a eulogy for the son of Vice President Joe Biden after he died at 46 following a two-year battle with brain cancer. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
WILMINGTON, DE - JUNE 6: Onlookers gather across the street before the hearse and Biden family arrive for a mass of Christian burial at St. Anthony of Padua Church for former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden, on June 6, 2015 in Wilmington, Delaware. U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a eulogy for the son of Vice President Joe Biden after he died at 46 following a two-year battle with brain cancer. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
WILMINGTON, DE - JUNE 6: The coffin of former Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden is carried into St. Anthony of Padua Church for a mass of Christian burial on June 6, 2015 in Wilmington, Delaware. U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to deliver a eulogy for the son of Vice President Joe Biden after he died at 46 following a two-year battle with brain cancer. (Photo by Mark Makela/Getty Images)
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"My concern is if Beau resigns there is nothing to fall back on, his salary. But I said I worked it out, Jill and I will sell the house and we'll be in good shape," Biden said.

"(Obama) got up and said: 'Don't sell that house. Promise me you won't sell the house,'" Biden said. "(Obama) said, 'I'll give you the money. Whatever you need, I'll give you the money. Don't Joe, Promise me. Promise me.'"

"His love of family and my family, and my love of his family ... it's personal. It's family," Biden said.

Biden, 73, announced in October he would not run for president after wrestling with doubts about whether he and his family were ready for a grueling campaign while still mourning Beau's death.

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