President Biden said he felt that “my boy is back” while reading the forthcoming memoir from his son, Hunter, which explores his son’s battles with addiction.
“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,” Biden said during an interview with “CBS Evening News” that aired Sunday.
The younger Biden will publish a memoir titled “Beautiful Things,” co-written with the journalist Drew Jubera, in April. The book will be a personal narrative about addiction and recovery, according to publisher Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
Hunter has struggled with alcohol and drug addiction for much of his life. In 2014, he was discharged from the Navy after suffering a relapse and has since sought treatment in drug rehab facilities.
“But the honesty with which he stepped forward and talked about the problem. And the hope that — it gave me hope reading it,” the vice president said, visibly emotional.
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The book is not expected to focus on Hunter’s experience in politics, where he has been a mainstay by his father’s side since childhood.
Hunter has been the target of especially intense criticism from many on the political right, who have both scrutinized the junior Biden’s business dealings while also fabricating conspiracy theories about his activities abroad and his relationship with the president.
In December, it was reported that Hunter’s taxes were under investigation by the Department of Justice over his business dealings in China, among other financial transactions. The issue will present a challenge to the Biden administration as it seeks to follow through on its commitment to restore the independence of federal law enforcement while navigating a tense political environment.
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Throughout the yearslong attacks on Hunter, the president has defended his son, denying any wrongdoing and reaffirming his love and support for his younger son.
When former President Donald Trump attacked Hunter during an October presidential debate, Biden defended his son while acknowledging Hunter’s struggles with addiction.
“He’s overtaken it, he’s fixed it, he’s worked on it, and I’m proud of him,” Biden forcefully retorted.