President Joe Biden broke down in front of the camera on Sunday over his son Hunter’s upcoming memoir.
According to The Hill, Biden got choked up while discussing his son’s book with CBS correspondent Norah O’Donnell in an interview that aired just before the Super Bowl.
“The honesty with which he stepped forward and talked about the problem… It gave me hope reading it,” the president said, as The Hill reported. “It was like my boy’s back.”
Hunter Biden’s new book
“You know, I’ll bet there’s not a family you know that doesn’t have somebody in the family that had a drug problem or an alcohol problem,” the president said during his CBS interview, according to The Hill. Take a look:
“The honesty with which he stepped forward and talked about the problem,” Pres. Biden says of his son Hunter’s memoir on his struggles with addiction, “it gave me hope.”
“It was like my boy’s back,” Pres. Biden tells us.
— Norah O’Donnell 🇺🇸 (@NorahODonnell) February 7, 2021
In an excerpt of the book shared by The Guardian, the president’s son writes, “I come from a family forged by tragedies and bound by a remarkable, unbreakable love.”
The silence is deafening
While the Bidens have been willing to openly discuss Hunter’s struggles with substance abuse, however, they’ve been less forthcoming about his business history.
As reported by CNBC in 2019, then-candidate Joe Biden reacted angrily to an Iowa voter who raised questions about his son’s alleged ties to a Ukrainian energy firm.
“You’re a damn liar, and that’s not true,” the now-president said when the man suggested that Hunter Biden had been hired due to his father’s political connections, according to CNBC.
Fox News reported in December that Hunter Biden had acknowledged that he was under federal investigation for his “tax affairs” in a statement posted to his father’s transition website, but Hunter insisted that he had handled his finances “legally and appropriately, including with the benefit of professional tax advisors.”
Politico later revealed that the federal probes “covered more than taxes,” reporting Dec. 9:
[A]s of early last year, investigators in Delaware and Washington were also probing potential money laundering and Hunter Biden’s foreign ties.