On 60 Minutes, Vice President Joe Biden revealed that the story that his late son Major Beau Biden urged him to run for president moments before passing away was false.
Back in August, the New York Times ran a column that claimed that Beau Biden used his last dying breaths to tell his father to run for president.
“Dad, I know you don’t give a damn about money,” Beau 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.
This story of Beau begging his father to make the world a better place when he could hardly even speak is not unlike a dramatic, defining moment you’d see in a superhero movie, like “With great power comes great responsibility” from Spiderman or “You either die a hero or live to become a villain” from Batman. Unfortunately for everyone who wanted Biden to run for president, that was all this was–a story.
After discussing his decision to not run for president, Biden explained to 60 Minutes that although Beau had always wanted his father to run, there was no big emotional moment on his deathbed like the New York Times described.
Some people have written that, you know, Beau on his death bed said, “Dad, you’ve got to run,” and, there was this sort of Hollywood moment that, you know, nothing like that ever, ever happened. Beau from the time he was in his 30s—or actually his late 20s—was my—he and Hunter were one of my two most reliable advisors. And, Beau all along thought that I should run and I could win.
But 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.” It wasn’t anything like that.