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Obama Offered Biden Financial Help During His Son's Illness

"I'll give you the money. Whatever you need, I'll give you the money."

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President Barack Obama offered to financially support Joe Biden's family when the vice president's son fell ill, it was revealed Tuesday.

In an interview with CNN, Biden recalled a discussion with Obama in which he confided his worries that he would struggle to financially support his son Beau Biden's family should he need to resign as Delaware's attorney general due to ailing health.

"I said, 'But I worked it out ... Jill and I will sell the house and be in good shape,'" Biden recalled of his conversation with the president.

"He got up, and he said, 'Don't sell that house. Promise me you won't sell the house,'" Biden recalled. "He said, 'I'll give you the money. Whatever you need, I'll give you the money. Don't, Joe. Promise me. Promise me.' I said, 'I don't think we're going to have to anyway.' He said, 'Promise me.'"

Biden did not ultimately sell his Wilmington, Delaware, home, and Beau Biden served out his second term in office before leaving in January 2015. He died in May 2015 from brain cancer at age 46.

In an iconic scene from Beau Biden's funeral, Obama embraced his vice president, describing him as his "brother."

David Mack is a reporter and weekend editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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