Joe Biden broke down in tears on Tuesday as he paid tribute to his late son Beau, pictured right with his dad, who died of cancer in 2015 (Pictures: AP/Getty)
Joe Biden broke down in tears while remembering his late son Beau as he prepared to leave his Delaware home for the White House. Addressing a crowd of National Guard members in New Castle Tuesday afternoon, tears began to stream down the president-elect’s cheeks as he spoke of his late son, a US Army veteran, lawyer and aspiring politician killed by a brain tumor in 2015 aged just 46.
President-elect Biden said: ‘Excuse the emotion, but when I die, Delaware will be written on my heart. I am proud, proud, proud, proud to be a son of Delaware, and I am even more proud to be standing here doing this for Major Beau Biden. Ladies and gentlemen, I only have one regret – that he’s not here.
‘Because he should be here. We should be introducing him as president.’ His voice cracking, Biden continued: ‘But, we have great opportunities. Delaware’s taught us that anything’s possible in this country, so may God bless you all, and may God bless our troops.’
Biden’s emotions were on display as he addressed members of the National Guard in New Castle, Delaware, shortly before boarding a plane to Washington DC (Picture: Getty)
After Tuesday’s speech, Biden boarded a private plane to Washington DC, sparking speculation Donald Trump had barred him from traveling on a government-funded jet.
Beau was three when his mother Neilia and 13 month-old sister Naomi were killed in a car crash while Christmas shopping in December 1972.
He joined the US Army after attending law school, and served 11 months in Iraq between October 2008 and September 2009, while his dad was Vice President.
Beau went on to win election as Attorney General for Delaware – making him the state’s top prosecutor – and served two terms, between 2006 and 2014.
Biden and wife Jill boarded a private plane to fly to Washington DC after his Delaware speech (Picture: AP)
On resigning from that role in 2014, he announced plans to run for the position of Governor of Delaware in the 2016 elections. But Beau’s promising political career, which saw him touted as a possible future president, was brought to a halt by a brain cancer diagnosis in May 2015.
He was previously diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2010, and was successfully treated for it.
Tragically, Beau died on May 30 2015, just 10 days after his second cancer diagnosis, while his dad was serving as vice president.
He is survived by his widow Hallie Olivere, as well as a young son and daughter.
President-elect Biden will be sworn in as 46th President of the United States at midday EST on Wednesday.
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