President Joe Biden grew emotional talking about the advice he thought his late son would give him as he navigates the country’s highest elected office, more than 100 days in.
“Every single time we’d talk about a political issue, he’d say, ‘Dad, look at me. … Remember, home base. Home base. Be who you are,” Biden said in an interview with MSNBC.
The president faces mounting political challenges, including negotiations with Republicans over a sweeping infrastructure bill, gas shortages in parts of the country, and a race to increase vaccines in arms across the country.
“The one thing that I’d hope that he would say is, ‘Dad, you’re home base, you’re sticking to it. Some things are worth losing over, old buddy,'” he said while tearing up, adding: “I haven’t done this this long to do things that I don’t believe.”
Beau, a former state attorney general of Delaware, died in 2015 of brain cancer. He was 46. Biden was vice president at the time, under former President Barack Obama.
“You always catch me off guard with Beau. God love him,” Biden said Wednesday. “He should be sitting in this chair.”
It’s not the first time Biden has said this.
On the campaign trail, he said that Beau “should be the one running for president, not me” in an appearance on the same network’s Morning Joe program.
“Every morning I get up … and I think to myself, ‘Is he proud of me?’” the then-candidate said of his late son.
One year later, leaving Delaware for his Inauguration Day, Biden said his one regret was not having Beau by his side.