This was a beautiful and emotional moment between Joe Biden and a crying Meghan McCain while talking about her father. Biden’s son died of the same form of brain cancer that John McCain has. Incredibly touching.
This is really good, but I’m warning you now, grab a tissue before you start the video. Joe Biden is just great.
On Wednesday, Joe Biden and Meghan McCain shared an incredible moment on ABC’s The View.
Biden was on the show to promote his new book, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose.” And he talked with Meghan about her father’s cancer diagnosis which is the same form of brain cancer, glioblastoma, that Biden’s son Beau died from in 2015.
“This is the hard part, bear with me, OK? I couldn’t get through your book, I tried. Your son Beau had the same cancer that my father was diagnosed with six months ago,” Meghan said as she began to cry.
“I think about Beau almost every day,” she continued. “And I was told — sorry — that this doesn’t get easier, but that you cultivate the tools to work with this and to live with this. I know you and your family have been through tragedy that I couldn’t conceive of — what would you tell — it’s not about me, it’s about everyone with cancer.”
Seeing how emotional she was getting, Biden immediately stood up and moved over to her to comfort her. Holding her hand he said,
“Look, one of the things that gave Beau courage, my word, was John (McCain). Your dad, you may remember when you were a little kid. Your dad took care of my Beau.”
Biden, who called McCain “one of my best friends,” told Meghan that his son had become very good friends with her father when he was sick. Biden said Beau “talked about your dad’s courage, not about illness, but about his courage.”
“We’re like two brothers who were somehow raised by different fathers or something because of our points of view,” Biden said. “Even when your dad got mad at me, said I should get the hell off the ticket, and remember what I said about your dad? I said, I know, and I mean this sincerely, I know if I picked up the phone tonight and called John McCain and said, … ‘I need your help, come,’ he’d get on a plane and come. And I would for him.”
Biden encouraged Meghan to have hope. He told her,
“There’s breakthroughs that are occurring now, there’s four things that are going on, and it can happen tomorrow. You gotta maintain hope. There’s hope. Hope — you have to have hope.”
“I swear, guys, we are gonna beat this damn disease, we really are,” he added.
Following the show, John McCain tweeted out, “Thank you @JoeBiden & the entire Biden family for serving as an example & source of strength for my own family.”
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) December 13, 2017
In a statement put out Wednesday afternoon, McCain’s office said that the senator is “receiving treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center for normal side effects of his ongoing cancer therapy.”
The statement added, “Senator McCain looks forward to returning to work as soon as possible.”