We’ve known Vice President Joe Biden as a fun, jolly man who has always put his everything into his politics. But Uncle Joe has been suffering with personal anguish since the death of his son Beau. He spoke to Stephen Colbert for a touching tribute to the child he loved and lost.
Vice President Joe Biden, 72, visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert‘s third episode on Thursday, September 10, and touched on everything from his potential plans for a 2016 presidential candidacy, his policies in office, and the relationship he had with his late son, Beau Biden. Joe was visibly upset, but proud, in his first interview since Beau’s death.
Beau, who tragically passed away from brain cancer in May 2015, was the former Delaware Attorney General and Iraq War veteran, and made a remarkable impact on anyone who met him. It’s understandable that just several months later, his father is still suffering from the loss of his eldest child.
He spoke candidly with Stephen about Beau, and got visibly emotional as the Late Show host offered his condolences. Stephen called Beau a “great man,” and asked Joe to share a memory about his son, often called “Joe 2.0.”
“I was a hell of a success. My son was better than me. He was better than me in every way,” Joe said. He was able to smile after sharing this, and looked so proud of his son.
Joe spoke of the horrific accident that killed his first wife, Neillia Hunter, and their baby girl, Naomi Biden, in 1972. The car crash left Beau, just 4-years-old, along with his brother Hunter, then 2-years-old, gravely injured. Though Beau was just a toddler, “he never complained. I’ve never heard him complain his entire life,” Joe said. “Even up to those last months, he never complained.” In fact, Beau made his father promise that he would be okay after he died.
That is just devastating. What a remarkable man. In regards to the 2016 presidential race, the vice president stated in August 2015 that he wasn’t emotionally ready to make the run, due to Beau’s death, and he explained that a little more to Stephen.
He said that nobody should run for president unless they’re “110 percent” ready for that responsibility. “I’d be lying if I said that I knew I was there,” he admitted. What a courageous, raw thing to tell the world.
Our hearts just break for the Bidens, and everything they’ve been through. To lose your wife, daughter and son is just unimaginable. But the vice president’s tribute to Beau on the Late Show was beautiful.
HollywoodLifers, what were your thoughts after watching this interview?
— Samantha Wilson