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The dramas in the life of Joe Biden. The series of tragedies culminated in the death of the eldest son, Beau

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Beau Biden, who was considered a possible successor to his father, contracted brain cancer before he could see his father take office as U.S. president.

Since the beginning of his political career, Joe Biden has paid hard for every success. Just weeks before he became a senator in 1972 at the age of 30, his first wife Neilia and their one-year-old daughter Naomi died in a horrific car accident.

The family was on their way to do the last of their Christmas shopping, and in the car were the couple’s two boys: Beau, who was three, and his brother Hunter, who was two.

They were seriously injured, but survived after lengthy medical treatment. Deeply affected by this tragedy, which occurred at the very beginning of his career as a senator, Joe Biden was on the verge of giving up politics.

The dramas in the life of Joe Biden. The series of tragedies culminated in the death of the eldest son, Beau
The dramas in the life of Joe Biden. The series of tragedies culminated in the death of the eldest son, Beau

But after five years, he rebuilt his life with Jill Biden, his current wife, who gave him another daughter, Ashley, born in 1981.

Joe and his oldest son, Beau, were very close. They shared not only a fondness for politics, but also a deeper bond that developed during the years Joe Biden raised his children alone.

“One of my sons, Hunter, went to law school at Yale. The other son, Beau, chose to go to law school at Syracuse out of loyalty to his dead mother. The age difference between the two is one year and one day. To the one who graduated from Yale, all doors were always open… For the other, it was a real struggle. He was elected one of the youngest attorneys general in the history of the state of Delaware, he was the most popular official in my state,” the senior proudly told about his first son, who followed him in his career and became a nationally known politician in 2008.

At the time, he gave an emotional speech introducing his father at the Democratic National Convention in Denver when Joe Biden accepted the vice presidential nomination alongside Barack Obama. A month later, Beau was mobilized as a major in the Delaware National Guard Magistrate Corps and sent to Iraq (and later awarded the Bronze Star), where he remained for a year, except for a leave in January 2009, when he attended his father’s swearing-in as vice president.

In November 2014, thirteen members of the Biden family gathered for the traditional Thanksgiving meal. But those very 13 were to herald the fatality that followed. Beau had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and his survival was uncertain.

“Promise me, Dad!” Beau had said to his father. “Give me your word that you’ll be okay, no matter what,” he tried to coax a promise out of his father in such an emotionally charged family situation. And the senior only had to give his word, knowing full well that another big breakup would follow.

Later, that “Promise me, Father” would form the title of a biographical volume describing the ensuing year of 2015, the most important and challenging in Joe Biden’s life. In his role as vice president, Biden traveled more than a hundred thousand miles around the world that year, dealing with crises in Ukraine, Central America, and Iraq. While Beau Biden battled cancer and then died in a military hospital in Washington.

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