Washington: Joe Biden once again paid tribute to his son Beau, who died of cancer in 2015, in the first presidential debate. This once again demonstrated his role in the Democratic challenger’s campaign for the White House. effect.
“Even though he is no longer with us, every day he still inspires the next president for the United States,” said a voice-over at the Democratic National Convention when the former vice president formally accepted his party’s nomination in August.
Ever since Beau Biden succumbed to a brain tumor at the age of just 46, his septuagenarian father, visibly moved, mentions him at almost every public occasion.
His tributes have recently been infused with new force after reports that President Donald Trump referred to US soldiers who had been killed in combat as “losers.”
From 2007 to 2015, the Attorney General of Delaware, Beau, an Army Reserve officer serving in Iraq, has been following his father’s footsteps into the Senate and is destined to enter the national stage.
“My son… wasn’t a loser,” said Biden, his voice rising, on the podium Tuesday night.
But when referring to the Republican president, the Republican president mentioned his idealized lost son, and immediately proposed the name of another more troublesome offspring of Biden. “Are you talking about hunters?” Trump said.
Hunter, 50, was a lawyer who was at the center of Ukrainian affairs at the time and led to Trump’s impeachment. Democrats accused Trump of abusing his power and forcing the new Ukrainian leader to investigate Hunt’s activities on the board of Ukrainian energy companies.
“Where is Hunter?” asked Trump, who since his acquittal by the Republican-controlled Senate has not stopped calling Biden and his son “corrupt” for son using the father’s name to land lucrative jobs and contracts.
On Tuesday night, he also raised Hunter’s drug problem, which the young Biden himself had admitted in the past.
The cynical Democratic candidate looked back and saw that his son “like many people you know at home, had a drug problem. He has overcome it. He has solved it… I am proud of him.” “
However, as if he continued to pay high tribute to his lost son, Biden appeared on the campaign route again on Wednesday wearing a campaign cap with a basketball cap and the name of the Bo Biden Foundation affixed to it to combat Child abuse.
‘Am I proud? ‘
Bo’s influence on his father is undeniable, and Biden himself did not try to hide it.
Biden died at the age of 46, which allowed Biden, who is still in mourning, to slowly accept the election and become the Democratic presidential candidate in 2015 and 2016. Finally, he withdrew from the game.
Now, his party candidate, the former right-hand man of Barack Obama, put his grief aside in January, but the spirit of his son still shakes him.
“Beau should be the one running for president, not me,” Biden said. “Every morning I get up Joe, not a joke, and I think to myself, ‘Is he proud of me?’”
His son’s memory even played a role in his selection of California senator Kamala Harris as his running mate. Beau and Harris “grew close while fighting to take on the big banks — and he had enormous respect for her and her work,” Biden said.
During the 2007-2009 financial crisis, Bo and Harris were prosecutors.