Summary List PlacementIn an interview set to air directly before the Super Bowl, President Joe Biden felt “hope” at reading his son Hunter Biden’s upcoming memoir.
Speaking with “CBS Evening News” anchor Norah O’Donnell, Biden reflected on the life journey of his younger son, who has struggled with substance abuse in the past.
Hunter’s business relationships in Ukraine were the focus of a phone call between former President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which led to Trump’s first impeachment.
During the first presidential debate last September, Trump attacked Hunter’s past substance abuse issues, prompting Biden to immediately defend him.
“My son, like a lot of people, like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem,” he said at the time. “He’s overtaken it. He’s fixed it. He’s worked on it. And I’m proud of him.”
“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. More ahead of the Super Bowl, only on @CBS pic.twitter.com/N6F7xQlMfF — Norah O’Donnell 🇺🇸 (@NorahODonnell) February 7, 2021
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When Biden began to read the memoir, he said he felt the impact of his son’s words.
“The honesty with which he stepped forward and talked about the problem,” Biden said. “And the hope that — it gave me hope reading it.”
He added: “It was like my boy’s back.”
Biden said that his family’s personal battles were not unlike many families across the country.
“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,” he said.
Hunter’s book, entitled “Beautiful Things,” is set to be released in April by by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: We took a 1964 Louisiana literacy test and failed spectacularly