Biden Reflects on Son’s Dying Wish For Him To ‘Stay Engaged’: ‘I Want To Make a Difference’


Former Vice President Joe Biden is releasing a new memoir called Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose, which heavily focuses on the death of his son Beau Biden who died of brain cancer in 2015.

On The Late Show, Biden said that the reason he wrote the book was to share how his son was an “incredible man” and that he wanted to “give people hope” while finding your way through grief.

“He said, ‘Dad, I’m going to be all right no matter what happens, but you’ve got to promise me Dad. Promise me you’re going to be okay,'” Biden continued. “What he meant by that was he knows my whole life that satisfied me, like him, has been devoted to trying to deal with the things that I think can make the country and the world better. And he was worried that what I was going to do out of grief is that I would turn inward. I’d take care of the family but I would step back from all the things I devoted my life to. And so, that was the promise. ‘Promise me, Dad,  that you’re going to stay engaged.’ It wasn’t ‘Promise me, Dad, you’re going to run for president.'”

Biden then shared a question that he was asked by President Obama, which was what did he want to do with the rest of his life.

“I want to make a difference and I think I can,” he said.

When asked about a potential 2020 run, he responded by saying he wants to keep his focus on Beau and the grandkids, but he doesn’t rule it out.

“We’ll see where it goes,” Biden added.

Watch the clip above, via CBS.

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