Philip Galanes: Joe Biden Talks About His New Memoir, ‘Promise Me, Dad’

PG: Several times, Beau says: Don’t look at me sad, Dad. Or: Promise me you’ll be O.K., Dad. Did he ever let you comfort him?

JB: One night, when it was clear that the odds weren’t good, he asked me to stay after dinner at his house, about a mile from here. He said: “Dad, I know you love me more than anyone in the world. But promise me you’ll be O.K. I’ll be O.K., Dad.” He had come face to face with his mortality. He watched me go through the loss of his mother and sister. And he didn’t want me to turn inward. He didn’t want me to give up on the robustness of life.

PG: You were reluctant to confide in President Obama about Beau.

JB: It was complex. I didn’t want him to carry the burden of feeling sorry for me. Several times, when we talked about Beau, he started sobbing, and I had to console him. I didn’t want to put him through that, not with all the responsibility he had on his back.

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130 Responses to “Brotherhood”

  1. 1 Judith Fardig
    November 12, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Can’t wait to hear Joe Biden and get his book later this month.

  2. 7 Obama Grandmama
    November 12, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Love Joe!

  3. 9 jacquelineoboomer
    November 12, 2017 at 7:09 pm

    More good news.

  4. 10 GGAIL
    November 12, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    I ❤️ VP Joe

  5. 12 idon
    November 12, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Great VPBiden interview on Oprah’s Soul Sunday. I saved it so I could rewatch it.

  6. 13 globalcitizenlinda
    November 12, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    thanks a lot VP Joe.

    we also miss your dear son Beau Biden, may he rest in peace;

    ….. when you through this significant loss, it is very difficult to want to go on …. but life’s responsibilities …..

  7. November 12, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    Crushing hard on Dan Pfeiffer

  8. 15 globalcitizenlinda
    November 12, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    has anyone heard if any law-enforcement action has been initiated against the child-molester roy moore?

    yeah, statutes of limitations may apply in some cases but the public needs to get a report that thoroughly invesitages these extremely serious crime;

    why? because the scumbag was an elected official, who is alleged to have committed some of these crimes when performing his official duties as a district attorney and some happened on government property;

    I don’t know if someone is considering investigating these crimes, so I will go ahead and directly ask the FBI;

  9. November 12, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Interesting part of the JBs interview..
    in which Joe says that Hillary..knew of the vilification that was going to come how hard it was going to be……but she did not want to have young women see her as a quitter….

  10. November 12, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    This never ends.

  11. November 12, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    I’m not even wondering whether Trump loves this.

  12. 20 desertflower
    November 12, 2017 at 8:50 pm


  13. 22 amk for obama
    November 12, 2017 at 8:50 pm

  14. 24 desertflower
    November 12, 2017 at 8:51 pm

  15. 25 amk for obama
    November 12, 2017 at 8:56 pm

  16. 27 amk for obama
    November 12, 2017 at 9:50 pm

  17. 28 amk for obama
    November 12, 2017 at 9:51 pm

  18. 29 amk for obama
    November 12, 2017 at 9:52 pm

    • 30 COS
      November 12, 2017 at 10:30 pm

      It still doesn’t change the fact that this old sexual predator abused the young girl. Doesn’t matter whether the WP pursued her or not.

  19. November 12, 2017 at 9:53 pm


  20. 34 desertflower
    November 12, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Heavy sigh.

    • 35 Sandy1110
      November 12, 2017 at 10:49 pm

      I think things happen for a reason.

      Had either Hillary or Joe become president, the criminals, charlatans, and bigots in our midst wouldn’t have shown themselves as completely as they’re doing now.

      Americans needed to learn hard lessons about becoming complacent about their government and letting those of ill will hold power.

      Hopefully VA and NJ are signs that people are waking up. But they have to STAY woke.

      • November 13, 2017 at 7:39 am

        This warrants so much discussion

        • 37 carolyn
          November 13, 2017 at 9:37 am

          This idea has been much on my mind recently. I fervently wanted Hillary to win and know she would have been a good president, but I believe the Republicans would have been after her before she was inaugurated, and would have tied her hands terribly. Their entire agenda would have been to destroy her and everyone around her. I’m not sure she would have lasted in office. All the Repubs would have done would be to mount one investigation after another into their delusions. I hate what has happened, but I am hopeful that the horribleness IS waking people up, and the pendulum will swing. We have to work…..more voices like Frank Schaeffer’s will be welcome.

  21. 38 amk for obama
    November 12, 2017 at 10:34 pm

    fucking dems need to fucking turn out instead of 24×7 fucking whining from the fucking sidelines.

  22. 40 amk for obama
    November 12, 2017 at 10:34 pm


  23. 41 amk for obama
    November 12, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    the world will move on. murkkka can keep showboating with empty threats.

  24. 42 amk for obama
    November 12, 2017 at 11:03 pm

  25. 43 Jey
    November 12, 2017 at 11:37 pm

    If anyone gets a chance to watch John Oliver’s show from tonight. Please do so. It is simply AMAZING.
    I wish every Fox viewer would watch this.

  26. 45 jacquelineoboomer
    November 13, 2017 at 12:26 am

  27. 49 jacquelineoboomer
    November 13, 2017 at 1:01 am

  28. 52 jacquelineoboomer
    November 13, 2017 at 1:08 am

    amirite? And goodnight, TOD, and all the ships at sea!

  29. 56 Gazelle
    November 13, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Just wanted to drop this and thank you all so much! Gave my speech at my dearest friend’s service. Your words carried me & I had the Chapel cracking up with stories of joy & love. That’s what I wanted to do. And I didn’t boo-hoo during speech. Could have been because her photos were all around the podium, and she would’ve jumped out & kicked me in the behind! 🙂 She preferred laughter to tears. Seriously, though, thank you all from my heart! With love!

  30. 62 JER
    November 13, 2017 at 8:20 am

  31. 63 amk for obama
    November 13, 2017 at 8:22 am

    also. too. the dem dumb asses for whom hillary was too much of a bridge to cross.

  32. 68 desertflower
    November 13, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Morning everyone. {{{{Gazelle}}}}

    You know what to do


  33. 69 desertflower
    November 13, 2017 at 8:29 am

    POS ignoramous did this.

    • 70 Don
      November 13, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Yep, President Obama tried his best with TPP but we had Sanders and Warren and a lot of other Democrats bitching and moaning about TPP. And yes, the world has move on without us. I suspect President Obama is sipping his tea and reading the newspaper and saying to himself “I told you.”

      • 71 carolyn
        November 13, 2017 at 9:33 am

        I remember saying a year ago that Prime Minister Trudeau would emerge as the leader of the Americas and our Pacific rim of influence. It is happening. rump has ceded any moral authority or political clout we had.

        • 72 Don
          November 13, 2017 at 9:44 am

          Of course, I’m sure Mr. Trudeau is a very smart man. And if I were him I’d pick up right where President Obama left off. Which every leader goes out and gains control of the Pacific hemisphere as far as trade goes will be a leader to be reckoned with. But no, we got short sighted politicians that only see as far as their noses. So now who do we trade with, China, and now China knows that he have an idiot for a President. They are licking their chops, it will be like taking candy from a baby.

  34. 73 JER
    November 13, 2017 at 8:50 am

  35. 74 JER
    November 13, 2017 at 8:55 am

    … “While those broken norms are frustrating, according to Oliver, there are three things that Trump does that could permanently harm American politics. He undermined the media by crying “fake news” and governs by trolling. According to Oliver, Trump also uses “whataboutism” or the practice of changing the subject to someone else’s perceived wrongdoing, which Oliver describes as an “old Soviet propaganda tool” of creating false moral equivalency.” …

  36. 75 desertflower
    November 13, 2017 at 9:01 am


  37. 81 desertflower
    November 13, 2017 at 9:04 am


  38. 82 JER
    November 13, 2017 at 9:05 am

  39. November 13, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Thread on the resignation of the Lebanese Prime Minister


    Watched AM Joy on Sunday. She had a journalist who specializes in the ME.
    She said that the vernacular of the resignation was off. It didn’t sound Lebanese.
    The example that she used was if the Prime Minister of Great Britain resigned, and it was written by someone from Texas.

  40. November 13, 2017 at 9:27 am

    I hear these cases and just get enraged.

    PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton 11/5/17
    Locked up for 40 years was he the wrong man?

    Rev. Al Sharpton has Kevin Brinkley on, a man wrongfully convicted for a crime as a juvenile who after 40 years has finally been released. Hear his story alongside his uncle Greg Brinkley.

  41. November 13, 2017 at 9:28 am

  42. November 13, 2017 at 9:29 am

    John Harwood‏Verified account
    Follow Follow @JohnJHarwood
    More John Harwood Retweeted Lily Batchelder
    in 2027, Joint Tax Committee says, one-third of taxpayers earning between $40-50K get tax HIKE or cut of less than $100. millionaires get tax cuts that, on average, equal the entire annual income of those $40-50K taxpapers

  43. 88 whenpamelawandered
    November 13, 2017 at 9:30 am


  44. November 13, 2017 at 9:30 am

    UH HUH
    UH HUH

    Roy Moore’s alleged pursuit of a young girl is the symptom of a larger problem in evangelical circles

    The allegations against Roy Moore are merely a symptom of a larger problem. It’s not a Southern problem or an Alabama problem. It’s a Christian fundamentalist problem. Billy Graham’s grandson, Boz Tchividjian, who leads the organization GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in a Christian Environment), believes that the sexual abuse problem in Protestant communities is on par with that in the Catholic Church.
    The evangelical world is overdue for a reckoning. Women raised in evangelicalism and fundamentalism have for years discussed the normalization of child sexual abuse. We’ve told our stories on social media and on our blogs and various online platforms, but until the Roy Moore story broke, mainstream American society barely paid attention. Everyone assumed this was an isolated, fringe issue. It isn’t.

    As a teenager, I attended a lecture on courtship by a home-school speaker who was popular at the time. He praised the idea of “early courtship” so the girl could be molded into the best possible helpmeet for her future husband. The girl’s father was expected to direct her education after the courtship began so she could help her future husband in his work.
    In retrospect, I understand what the speaker was really describing: Adult men selecting and grooming girls who were too young to have life experience. Another word for that is “predation.”

  45. November 13, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Another tidbit about the GOP Tax Scam, found at another blog:

    There’s all kinds of small goodies in there for rich people too- a subsidy for high income private K-12 schools! I wonder who slid that in there. Can you imagine? They’re raising taxes on people who make 40k to help rich people with private school tuition. It’s like a parody “clueless plutocrats”

  46. November 13, 2017 at 9:40 am

    The GOP Tax Plan Breaks All the Rules
    No, really, it does not comply with the rules. Here’s how Republicans will get around that.

    By Jim Newell

    If Republicans ultimately followed this model to get their final product in compliance with the Byrd rule in the long run, they would have to sunset a lot of the popular individual tax cuts. This could come as soon as next week’s Senate Finance Committee consideration of the bill—probably near the end of the process, so as not to draw a lot of attention to it. Once a lot of attention is inevitably drawn to it, they will argue the following: This is just a technical thing, and there’s no way Congress would let the popular individual tax cuts expire as they’ve written them to.

    But here’s the messaging problem on that: Republicans, in order to appease their corporate allies who argue that temporary corporate tax cuts wouldn’t provide the “confidence” necessary to spur new investment, would be making the popular individual tax cuts temporary to pay for permanent corporate tax cuts.

  47. November 13, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Ripoff from beginning to end. They need to follow the money. Who has offshore bank accounts associated with this project?

    SAN JUAN — The small energy outfit from Montana that won a $300 million contract to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s tattered power grid had few employees of its own, so it did what the Puerto Rican authorities could have done: It turned to Florida for workers.

    For their trouble, the six electrical workers from Kissimmee are earning $42 an hour, plus overtime. The senior power linemen from Lakeland are earning $63 an hour working in Puerto Rico, the Florida utility said. Their 40 co-workers from Jacksonville, also linemen, are making up to $100 earning double time, public records show.

    But the Montana company that hired the workers, Whitefish Energy Holdings, had a contract that allowed it to bill the Puerto Rican public power company, known as Prepa, $319 an hour for linemen, a rate that industry experts said was far above the norm even for emergency work — and almost 17 times the average salary of their counterparts in Puerto Rico.

  48. November 13, 2017 at 9:54 am

    For those interested in the GOP Tax Scam.
    I live in one of the top 10 Tax states.
    I told you, the GOPers around here are part of the IGMFY crowd.

    Lo and behold, what do I see in the big headline of the Conservative Local Newspaper this morning – right there, big letters, above the fold;


    The GOP Reps here are part of the 50 GOP Reps from high tax states.

    You don’t think that folks read this on their way to work, and have forwarded it to their neighbors.?
    I told you….these folks will not be distracted by the little Baby Jesus, or abortion, or guns…
    They know that their lifestyles are funded by those taxes, and will not have kind words for those who tell them that THEIR taxes should go up so that the Koch Brothers can get billions.

    Good luck with selling that.

  49. November 13, 2017 at 9:55 am

    The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell 11/10/17
    Where will the excuses end for the GOP?

    Jennifer Rubin of the Washington Post says the Republicans must stop making excuses for bad and even criminal behavior just because it is done by Republicans. Jennifer Rubin, David Frum and former prosecutor Barbara McQuade join Lawrence O’Donnell.

  50. November 13, 2017 at 9:56 am

    The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell 11/10/17
    Lawrence on Moore: “I don’t recall” is not good enough

    Roy Moore denies molesting a 14-year-old when he was 32, but when pressed about other encounters he may have had with teenage girls, he says he doesn’t remember. Lawrence O’Donnell says that defense is not good enough and asks what GOP leadership will do about it.

  51. November 13, 2017 at 9:58 am

    These AM Joy segments on Moore are ON FIRE!!!

    AM Joy 11/11/17
    Roy Moore responds to sexual misconduct allegations

    Roy Moore makes his first public appearance amid a fury of allegations of sexual misconduct. Moore again denied reports of sexual misconduct, calling it ‘fake news.’ Joy Reid and her panel discuss.

    AM Joy 11/11/17
    Roy Moore denies sexual misconduct allegations

    With a swarm of sexual misconduct allegations surrounding Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore, Joy Reid and her panel discuss the potential impact it could have on evangelical voters.

  52. November 13, 2017 at 9:59 am


  53. November 13, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Interesting segment:

    AM Joy 11/12/17
    President Duterte and Trump Meet during Asia Tour

    Trump visits the Philippines on the final stop of his Asia tour and meets President Rodrigo Duterte, who is surrounded by speculation of human rights abuses. Joy Reid and her panel discuss

  54. November 13, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Hadn’t seen anyone interview him, so, good for Joy.

    AM Joy 11/12/17
    Justin Fairfax discusses his historic win in Virginia

    Joy Reid goes one on one with Virginia Lieutenant governor-elect Justin Fairfax, who became the second African American ever elected to Virginia statewide office on Tuesday

    • 101 globalcitizenlinda
      November 13, 2017 at 10:53 am

      Roland Martin also had an interview with him on TV One the day after the election. The interviews with Lt. Gov Fairfax and other winners have been available online. Please check the out and share some here. I am unable to do so now because I am sneaking during work

      • 102 mtmarilyn
        November 13, 2017 at 11:37 am

        I am so impressed with him and all of the winners in VA. Have listened to them being interviewed and they are all so intelligent and articulate.

  55. November 13, 2017 at 10:01 am

    UGH Nate

  56. November 13, 2017 at 10:02 am

    Just a coffee boy, right…….

    AM Joy 11/12/17
    Papadopoulos’ real role during Trump campaign questioned

    New details about the roles George Papadopoulos and Carter Page played during the Trump campaign emerge as the FBI’s Russia probe continues. Joy Reid and her panel discuss.

  57. 106 Dudette
    November 13, 2017 at 10:22 am

  58. November 13, 2017 at 10:23 am

    STILL COOKING, with heart and soul.

  59. 110 Dudette
    November 13, 2017 at 10:24 am

  60. November 13, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Trump’s Voter Fraud Commission Is Imploding
    A Democratic member is suing his colleagues, alleging they’re violating federal law.

    By Mark Joseph Stern

    On Thursday, Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, a Democratic member of the voter fraud commission, filed a bombshell lawsuit against the commission and its chairs, alleging that the group has been violating federal law. Dunlap alleges the committee is a cynical partisan effort to exaggerate the frequency of fraudulent voting, that it flouts legal regulations, and that its token Democratic participants have been systematically shunned. […]

    [Dunlap] appears to be atoning for his mistake of joining the commission by fighting to expose the rottenness at its core…. The tone of Dunlap’s lawsuit is notable: He is not bitter, just exasperated. It appears that he joined the commission out of a genuine desire to investigate election practices and, if necessary, suggest improvements to the nation’s voting system. But it didn’t take long for him to learn, he says, that he’d been invited “to afford the Commission and its prospective findings a veneer of legitimacy.”

  61. November 13, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Roy Moore: Acceptance of pedophilia in the South is a legacy of slavery

    “While some people were surprised by the allegation that Alabama Republican Senatorial candidate Judge Roy Moore attempted to date a 14 year old girl in 1979 when he was 32, many more were shocked by how many of his Alabama supporters seemed to be willing to defend, or even accept, what is essentially a charge of pedophilia, or child sexual assault, in the candidate they hope will represent them in the Senate. To understand why many Southern whites find acceptable, behaviour which would be considered deviant and criminal in most parts of the United States, one must understand the role that Antebellum slavery played in cultivating a culture of sexual abuse and pedophilia in the South.

    Before the Civil War, forcing frequent and casual sex on young girl slaves was a prized white privilege of the Southern culture they built on the backs of their slaves. It’s no accident that the age of consent is only 16 in all the former Confederate states but Louisiana, Florida, Virginia and Tennessee. Before the women’s movement forced a change around 1920, it had been 12 or even 10 in the former Confederate states.

    Slavery made sex with children easy for the masters of the old Dominion. There were no rules. A UK national archives report on the childhood of slaves states:
    The trauma of sexual abuse is also a difficult subject to quantify. Sensibilities of the time and the fact that abolition was often associated with religious organisations means that sexual abuse of girls was often only alluded to in veiled terms and sexual abuse of boys was almost never mentioned. The dangers of sexual exploitation are only too obvious with slave children being seen as chattels with no legal protection. The fact that sexuality appears to have rarely discussed also left slave children ignorant and vulnerable to abuse. If the issue of forced marriage of slaves is included in this category along with coercion into sexual activity for preferential treatment, it is easy to see how sexual abuse could be seen as endemic in slave children’s lives.

    When the struggle to raise the age of consent finally erupted in the 1920’s, some whites argued that it should be lower for the South, saying African American women ‘matured earlier.’ This was a common myth about non-white people. Some even had the audacity to stretch the bunk science to the point where they claimed that white girls living in sub-tropical climates ‘ripened’ into women earlier.”

  62. 113 mtmarilyn
    November 13, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Just watched our Nancie on the Home and Family show. She is such a natural in front on TV. Love, love her cookbooks.

  63. 117 Dudette
    November 13, 2017 at 10:53 am

    • November 13, 2017 at 11:11 am

      So so so sweet, just unbelievably sweet and heart-warming.
      The people in my neighborhood who do these tough service jobs every day are so kind.

  64. 119 Dudette
    November 13, 2017 at 10:54 am

  65. 120 Dudette
    November 13, 2017 at 10:55 am

  66. 121 Dudette
    November 13, 2017 at 10:55 am

  67. 122 whenpamelawandered
    November 13, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Amazon just resolved the mystery about my book shipment, some internal glitch, but it’s been resolved now, being handled expeditiously, and they have given me a promotional gift certificate as well, to soothe my bruises after such wanton (first world dilemma) neglect! 🙃😶. I mean, really, I live 5 miles away!!! Sheesh.

  68. 123 desertflower
    November 13, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Holy crap

  69. 124 No Child Left Behind
    November 13, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Good Morning TODVille.

  70. November 13, 2017 at 11:13 am

  71. 126 No Child Left Behind
    November 13, 2017 at 11:17 am

  72. 127 No Child Left Behind
    November 13, 2017 at 11:18 am

  73. November 13, 2017 at 11:31 am

    The data ALWAYS leads to Kushner and The Mercers.

    Data Firm’s WikiLeaks Outreach Came as It Joined Trump Campaign
    By Rebecca Ballhaus and Julie Bykowicz
    Nov. 10, 2017 1:42 p.m. ET

    When Mr. Nix’s approach to WikiLeaks was reported by The Wall Street Journal last month, it wasn’t clear whether Cambridge was working for the Trump campaign at the time. Federal Election Commission records show the first payment by the campaign to Cambridge Analytica is dated July 29, 2016.

    New details about the timing of Cambridge Analytica’s Trump campaign work show that the firm’s effort to obtain the Clinton emails—which U.S. intelligence agencies later determined had been stolen by Russian intelligence and given to the Sweden-based WikiLeaks—came as the company was in the advanced stages of contract negotiations with the campaign and had already dispatched employees to help it.

    Cambridge Analytica collected close to $9 million from the campaign, including $6 million that was publicly disclosed and additional funds routed through Giles Parscale, a firm run by Trump digital director Brad Parscale, according to a person familiar with the payments – about 50% more than publicly reported.

  74. November 13, 2017 at 11:42 am

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