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Biden: Obama offered financial support during son's illness

By Amy R. Connolly
Biden: Obama offered financial support during son's illness
The White House said Vice President Joe Biden and President Barack Obama, seen here on October 21 as Biden announced he would not run for president, have forged a friendship during their time in office. Biden told CNN Obama offered financial assistance as Biden's son Beau was battling brain cancer. File Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama offered financial assistance to Vice President Joe Biden's eldest son, Beau, after a stroke that left some wondering if he could continue working as Delaware's attorney general.

The vice president, in an exclusive interview with CNN, recalled telling Obama that his son may face financial difficulties if he had to resign from the job after suffering a stroke in 2010. Biden recalled how he told Obama that he and his wife, Jill, were prepared to sell their home in Wilmington, Del., to help with finances.

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"He got up and he said, 'Don't sell that house. Promise me you won't sell the house,'" Biden said, speculating Obama would be "mad" he was retelling the story.

"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 recalled.

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Beau Biden recovered enough from the stroke to complete his term and prepare for a gubernatorial run before being diagnosed with brain cancer. He died in June at age 46.

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White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the conversation was indicative of the strong relationship the two have built.

"Obviously, the president and the vice president have developed the kind of personal relationship that just transcends their professional responsibilities," Earnest told CNN's New Day on Tuesday.

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Biden cited his son's death as a reason for not running for president in 2016. He recently said he regrets not running but it was the right decision for his family.

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