When he was president, Barack Obama was known to send out emails late into the night — The New York Times says the emails could be about communications he might have just read, or a game he might have watched that evening. George W. Bush was known to be in bed by around 9 p.m. so he could get a good nine hours of sleep (via DreamCloud). President Joe Biden does something else, which many of us might think the commander in chief might not have time to do at all.
During his CBS Sunday Morning interview on April 4, Biden’s sole surviving son Hunter revealed that he and his father speak every night: “Every night. Yeah. Yeah. Well, we talk at least every night, yeah.”
But wait, there’s more. “By the way, not only does he talk to me every night; he calls every one of my daughters and he talks to each one of them every day. And I know that he talks to me, and I know that he talks to my sister,” Hunter said.
Biden calls every single member of his family from the White House every night
President Biden’s habit of calling around to make sure everyone is okay isn’t a habit he’s just picked up at the White House. As Hunter told CBS News: “He’s always done that. I mean always. He’s talked to each one of us. But I’ll tell you why: because he’s lost … because he, like me, knows what it’s like not to be able to pick up the phone and talk to your son.”
Nothing seems to have changed, then, since Biden revealed before the inauguration that he tries to make sure he keeps regular contact with his family at all times. “Every day I’m in contact with every one of my grandkids, my son and my daughter, but by distance,” Biden admitted then. “As a matter of fact, my son Beau’s children live a mile away as the crow flies … They walk over through the woods and through a neighborhood, and they sit out in the backyard in two chairs, and I sit up in the porch, and we have our conversations, because I’m not allowed to go hug them. I miss it,” he famously said (via Marie Claire).
Hunter Biden admits his father could have lost him, too
The conversations are made more poignant by the fact that Joe Biden famously lost his young daughter Naomi in a car accident in 1972 (via Biography), before losing his older son Beau to brain cancer in 2015 when he was just 46 years old (via The New York Times).
Hunter admits that his father nearly lost him, too, thanks to substance and alcohol addiction that spun out of control after his older brother Beau passed away. During his interview with CBS News, Hunter revealed his father had to intervene when he began binge drinking: “He (then-Vice President Biden) came to my apartment one time … And this was when he was still in office as vice president, and so he kinda ditched his Secret Service, figured out a way to get over to the house. And I said, ‘What are you doin’ here?’ He said, ‘Honey, what are you doing?’ I said, ‘Dad, I’m fine.’ He said, ‘You’re not fine’.”
Hunter admitted he went into rehab after that but didn’t stay dry for long. He relapsed, and did not become clean until he met his now-wife Melissa Cohen, who helped him detox before they married in 2019 (via ABC News).
If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with addiction issues, help is available. Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) website or contact SAMHSA’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
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