Joe Biden says President Obama offered financial help during son's illness

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Vice President Joe Biden told CNN this week President Barack Obama offered to help him and his family financially when his son Beau first fell ill.

Biden said that he and his wife had worried about how they would keep up their income if he had to step down and had considered selling their home in order to raise money.

During one of his weekly private lunches with the president, Biden mentioned that plan.

“I said, ‘But Jill and I will sell the house. We’ll be in good shape,’” the vice-president told CNN’s Gloria Borger.

“He got up, and he said: ‘Don’t sell that house. Promise me you won’t sell the house,’” he said. “He said: ‘I’ll give you the money. Whatever you need, I’ll give you the money. Don’t, Joe. Promise me. Promise me.’ I said, ‘I don’t think we’re going to have to anyway.’ He said, ‘Promise me.’”

Biden went on to say that he did not end up having to sell his house. He did not say whether or not the president stepped in to help financially, though the general impression of the interview was that it was not necessary to make that choice after all.