'I leaned on Beau': Joe Biden's emotional tribute to his late son as he reveals how Obama offered to give them money to pay for his cancer treatment.
White House 12 January 2017
Joe Biden recalled 'leaning' on family members who helped him through his life and career. Among them was his late son Beau, he said, who died in 2015 after a painful battle with brain cancer.
He also spoke of the 1972 deaths of his first wife Neila and daughter Naomi, who were killed in a car crash in his first year in public service.
'I've always had somebody to lean on, you know. I get a lot of credit I didn't deserve, to state the obvious. I've always had somebody to lean on. From back, that time in 1972, when the accident happened, I leaned on, and I mean this in a literal sense, I leaned on my sons Beau and Hunter.'
'I continue to lean on Hunter who continues to in a bizarre kind of way, raise me. I leaned on them. Mr President you observed early on that when either one of my boys walked in the room they'd walk up and say "Dad, what can I get you."
"Dad, what do you need".'
While preparing for Vice Presidential debates, he told how Beau would remain to be 'the last person in the room' to coach him. 'Beau would say "Look at me Dad. Look at me. Remember home base, remember."
When his son received his bleak diagnosis, he considered stepping down as attorney general. With no other income, Vice President Biden planned selling his own home but, he revealed, President Obama begged him not to.
'I said he doesn't have any other income but we're alright because Hunt's there and I can sell the house. We were having a private lunch like we do once a week and this man got up and came over, grabbed me by the shoulders, looked me in the eye and said "don't you sell that house. You love that house."
'I said "it's no big deal Mr President." He said "I'll give you the money. Promise me, promise me, you won't sell that house."
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Daily Mail 12 January 2017.
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The first villa of Chaire Village, despite the compact sizes of the site, can brag of big terraces and a garden. The building completely repeats a relief and fancifully bends around an old sprawling juniper.
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Happy #Thanksgiving to all our American friends!
Let's enjoy some "Wit, Wisdom and Wisecracks" from the #WhiteHouse !
In January 2013, #BarackObama was sworn in for a second term as the 44th President of the #USA . The only African-American to occupy the White House, this charismatic and eloquent leader is carrying on a rich tradition of oratory which started with the Founding Fathers of the 18th century.
This comprehensive collection of witty one-liners, historic pronouncements, personal insights and philosophical musings should contain something for everyone. It goes without saying that you will find the goofs and gaffes of more recent incumbents of the office, but what clearly emerges from the more serious quotations in this compilation is how many of the problems faced by the earliest Presidents still resonate today.
When George Washington said “Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom”, Andrew Jackson admitted “I have always been afraid of banks” and Herbert Hoover declared “Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt”, they could have been talking of 21st-century crises.
In our 24-hour TV news and internet world, how would the earliest leaders have stood up to scrutiny? More than a few Presidents were wooden and unsuited to the Oval Office, while others were the cream of their generation and could have succeeded in whatever career they chose.
Our last reno we pulled down all the walls making the living areas completely open plan. I would like to make subtle changes this time round and include pocket doors to our second living area so it can be used by everyone and to reduce noise. We could also use as a guest bed if we need the extra space.