Obama offered to help Biden with son's medical bills

WASHINGTON • United States 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, Mr Biden said Mr Obama made the offer during lunch after he told the President that he was considering selling his house to raise funds to help his son, who died of brain cancer in May last year at age 46.

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

"My concern is if Beau resigns, there is nothing to fall back on, his salary. But I said I worked it out, (my wife) and I will sell the house and we'll be in good shape," he said.

"Obama got up and said, 'Don't sell that house. Promise me you won't sell the house.'

"(Obama) said, 'I'll give you the money. Whatever you need, I'll give you the money. Don't, Joe. Promise me. Promise me.'"

Mr Biden added: "His love of family and my family, and my love of his family... it is personal. It is family."

Mr Biden, 73, announced last October that he would not run for president, after wrestling with doubts about whether he and his family were ready for a gruelling campaign while still mourning his son's death.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 13, 2016, with the headline 'Obama offered to help Biden with son's medical bills'. Print Edition | Subscribe