“I don’t drink at all. I’ve never had a drink in my life, but I remember taking out a fifth of it, I think it was gin, and putting it on the kitchen table. But I couldn’t even bring myself to have a drink. What saved me was really my boys. “
While shopping for Christmas in December 1972, Biden’s 30-year-old wife Neilia and 13-month-old daughter Naomi were killed in a car accident in Delaware. His sons Hunter and Beau were seriously injured. Biden, who had just been elected to the US Senate, was hiring staff in the DC.
Portions of the CNN interview were released on the Monday before the opening night of the Democratic National Convention. The first night will be focused on unity, and keynote speaker Michelle Obama will portray Biden as a empathetic leader, marked by personal loss and able to understand the struggles of Americans.
Biden also explained how he coped with the death of his son Beau, who died of brain cancer in 2015.
“Beau just promised me, he said,” Dad, I’ll be fine no matter what, “Biden said.” That was just before he died. He said, “Dad, you have to promise me you’ll be fine . “He said,” Dad, look at me. Look me in the eye, dad. Give me your word as Biden, Dad, you’ll be fine. “
When Borger asked if he was okay, Biden said yes.
“It’s me because it’s still emotional, but I knew what he meant,” replied Biden. “He was afraid I would move away from everything I worked in my whole life, from the things that were important to me. He knew that I would take care of the family. He never wondered about that. But he didn’t want me to go away and I think what it did gave me a purpose. “