Monday, October 26, 2015

Joe Biden clarifies Beau's dying wish on presidential run: It didn't really happen

You know, he really could have clarified this while he was still thought to be in the race for the presidency ... 

Joe Biden told a national television audience his son, Beau, never urged him in a "Hollywood-esque" death-bed moment he ought to run for the presidency – that the whole story had been fueled by rumor and a fictional piece in the New York Times.

Actually, Biden said on "60 Minutes" on CBS News, Beau had been urging him all along to seek the high executive office.

"There was not what was sort of made out as kind of this Hollywood-esque thing that at the last minute Beau grabbed my hand and said, 'Dad, you've got to run, like, win one for the Gipper," he said. "It wasn't anything like that."

Biden also said the main reason he didn't seek the presidency was one of practical assessment.

"I couldn't win. I'll be very blunt. If I thought we could have put togehter the campaign," he said, " I would have gone out and done it."

He explained:  "I said from the beginning I don't know if our ability to deal with the loss of Beau ... everybody grieves at a different pace."

The mantra about Beau's dying wish came from New York Times columnist Maureen Down who wrote in an August 1 column entitled "Joe Biden in 2016: What Would Beau Do?" a fictional scenario.

As Raw Story recounted, she penned:

"When Beau realized he was not going to make it, he asked his father if he had a minute to sit down and talk.

"'Of course, honey," the vice president replied.

"At the table, Beau told his dad he was worried about him.

"My kid's dying, an anguished Joe Biden thought to himself, and he's making sure I'm O.K.

"'Dad, I know you don't give a damn about money,' Biden told him, dismissing the idea that his father would take some sort of cushy job after the vice presidency to cash in.

"Beau was losing his nouns and the right side of his face was partially paralyzed. But he had a mission: He tried to make his father promise to run, arguing that the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values.

"Hunter also pushed his father, telling him, 'Dad, it's who you are.'"

Biden told CBS host Noraa O'Donnell that scene was all fabricated.

But his wife, Jill, did push him to run for the White House, even in the weeks after Beau's death when he wanted to come out and annouce he wouldn't campaign, Biden said.

Jill agreed, saying on CBS: 'What about education? What about community college? I felt like we were – everything we had worked so hard for in this administration ... could just all change."

Biden also took time to criticize leading GOP candidate Donald Trump, calling him out for his views on immigration and characterizing them as "beneath the country," he said.

"I don't think it's where the American people are," Biden said. "And I hope he really doesn't believe it."

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