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Before Joe Biden's firstborn, Beau died of cancer, he made his dad promise he'd dedicate his life to public service

Before Joe Biden's firstborn, Beau died of cancer, he made his dad promise he'd dedicate his life to public service

Before passing away, Beau made his father promise that he wouldn't walk away from everything he did over several decades.

Whenever Joe Biden would step out for a campaign trail or for a debate in the past, the last words of encouragement he would hear would be from his son, Beau.

"Every time we walked out on a presidential debate or vice presidential debate, he’d grab me and be the last guy talking to me with Hunter and he’d grab me and say, 'Dad, look at me dad, look at me, remember dad, home base, home base, doesn’t matter, just be who you are, home base,'" Joe Biden recalled as he spoke to MSNBC’s Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough, as reported by People.

Now, more than five years have passed since Beau passed away from brain cancer at the age of 46. But Biden still feels his son's presence around him, pushing him on as he continues serving the country. "He still grabs me by the lapel every time I walk out," Biden shared.

Joe Biden and son Beau Biden during day three of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) at the Pepsi Center August 27, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. (Source: Getty Images | Photo by John Moore)

"He walks with me," said the President-elect in the same interview. "I know that sounds to some people kind of silly, but he really, honest-to-God does. I know he’s in me, I know he’s part of me."

Before his death alive, Beau Biden was one of the biggest supporters of his father. He once gave a touching speech as he introduced Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention in 2008 in the lead-up to Biden becoming the country's vice president.



 

Calling his father his "hero," Beau spoke about how Biden made sure he was there for him and Hunter after they were severely injured in the accident that killed thier mother and baby sister. "One of my earliest memories was being in that hospital, Dad always at our side. We, not the Senate, were all he cared about," Beau said, according to Vox. "He decided not to take the oath of office. He said, 'Delaware can get another senator, but my boys can't get another father.'"



 

"However, great men like Ted Kennedy, Mike Mansfield, Hubert Humphrey—men who had been tested themselves—convinced him to serve," Beau went on to say. "So he was sworn in, in the hospital, at my bedside. As a single parent, he decided to be there to put us to bed, to be there when we woke from a bad dream, to make us breakfast, so he'd travel to and from Washington, four hours a day."



 

As Biden campaigned alongside Obama to be the country's vice president, Beau was often seen activelt supporting his father on campaign trails. Years later, when Beau was battling cancer, he made his father promise that he would not walk away from a life of public service.

"He's the one who wanted me to stay engaged, who made me 'promise me dad, you'll stay engaged,'" Biden told Joe Scarborough, as quoted by Business Insider. "And it didn't mean I had to run for president, but he was worried I would walk away from what I've worked on my whole life since I've been 24 years old. He is part of me, Joe, and so is my surviving son Hunter and Ashley."



 

Believing completely that Beau could have someday become president of the United States, Biden now hopes to make his son proud as he takes up the role himself. "Beau should be the one running for president, not me," Biden shared as he held back tears. "Every morning I get up... and I think to myself, 'Is he proud of me?'"

August 2008 - Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden stands with his father U.S. Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee Sen. Joe Biden during day three of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) at the Pepsi Center August 27, 2008 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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