In his new tell-all memoir Beautiful Things, Hunter Biden exposes the truth about the Biden family and what New York Post columnist Maureen Callahan describes as the first son’s “absentee father.”
Callahan wrote in an op-ed Saturday that President Joe Biden’s “character takes a hit” in the new book, which chronicles Hunter Biden’s life, including everything from his struggle with drug addiction to the loss of his mother.
Through it all, however, Joe Biden was “a remote parent” whose priorities seemed to lie in Washington rather than with his family, Callahan writes, citing the memoir.
“In the immediate aftermath of [the car crash that killed Hunter’s mother], his father chose not to walk away from his newly won U.S. Senate seat or even take a hiatus to care for his wounded and traumatized toddlers,” the columnist wrote Saturday. “Instead, Joe Biden had the press photograph his swearing-in from the boys’ hospital room, an image that, incredibly, remains his political calling card.”
The rest of the story
It’s a depiction that stands in stark contrast to the “grandfatherly figure” the president has tried to paint himself as. But that’s not the only big takeaway from Hunter Biden’s new book.
Indeed, perhaps more interesting than what’s included in the tell-all is what seems to be missing. And that doesn’t just mean Hunter Biden’s reportedly nefarious business dealings in China.
In her op-ed, Callahan notes that Hunter Biden didn’t mention in his memoir the fall-out of his marriage to a woman named Kathleen, who reportedly left him along with their three daughters after she “accused Hunter of blowing the family’s money on hookers, strippers, and drugs.”
“She said he had maxed out the family’s credit cards, owed over $300,000 in taxes, and had moved $122,179 from a joint account into his own,” Callahan wrote.
There’s also the curious case of the “missing laptop” that the New York Post first reported on last October. “If Simon & Schuster really paid Hunter seven figures for this book, you’d think they’d demand their money’s worth,” Callahan quipped of the omissions.
Stranger than fiction
With so much missing, it’s hard to wonder how much of the book is mere fluff and how much is really worth reading. But the greatest concern isn’t Hunter Biden’s cherry-picking, but rather, the mainstream media’s choice to accept the first son’s narrative like churchgoers listening to a Sunday reading from the Bible.
The Washington Post has gone out of its way to highlight claims that Hunter Biden did nothing unethical in his foreign business dealings. NPR, meanwhile, concluded that the book is more “about making a stand” than anything.
Those in the media may depict Hunter Biden as a recovered addict with a redeeming message, but the real message comes from what’s not on the page. With a federal investigation ongoing, one can only hope the answers to questions not yet broached will soon come to light.