Hunter Biden opens up about an emotional drug intervention by his father during the 2020 presidential campaign

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Hunter Biden, left, and his father, President Joe Biden.

  • Hunter Biden has opened up about an emotional family intervention during 2020 the presidential campaign.
  • He described how his father, now the president, cried and embraced him outside their Delaware home.
  • In this CBS interview, Biden’s son described how “powerful” his addiction to substances was.
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President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, has opened up about an emotional intervention his family staged during the 2020 presidential campaign.

In an interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Anthony Mason, the 51-year-old discussed his highly-publicized battle with substance abuse.

He recalled a particularly memorable incident at the family home in Wilmington, Delaware, whilst Joe Biden was in the midst of the presidential campaign.

Biden shared that he had a tense confrontation with his father and stormed out of the house. The future president then chased his son down the driveway, he told Mason.

As he tried to enter his car, his daughters blocked him from entering it. Then, he said, his father hugged him.

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Biden described his father’s embrace. “[He] gave a bear hug, and he said – and just cried, and said – ‘I don’t know what to do. I don’t know what to do. Please’.”

In his first interview since his father took office, the president’s second-oldest son told CBS News what he thought of Biden’s pleas.

“I thought: ‘I need to figure out a way to tell him that I’m gonna do something, so that I can go take another hit.’ It’s the only thing I could think. Literally,” he said. “That’s how powerful. I don’t know of a force more powerful than my family’s love…except addiction.”

Hunter Biden said that this scenario was “the hardest part of the book to write,” referring to his newly released memoir.

In “Beautiful Things,” he shares candid details of his struggle to become sober. At one point in his drug and alcohol spiral, Biden reveals he was smoking crack cocaine every 15 minutes.

He writes about spending a month in a Washington apartment bingeing on vodka while his father was vice president, The New York Times reported.

Biden’s son also credits his wife, Melissa Cohen, for helping him reach sobriety, The Times reported.

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‘My boy’s back’: Biden says reading son Hunter’s upcoming memoir ‘gave me hope’

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Hunter Biden, left, and his father, President Joe Biden.

  • President Joe Biden said he felt “hope” at reading his son Hunter Biden’s upcoming memoir.
  • Biden said that his family’s personal battles were not unlike many families across the country.
  • The memoir is set to be released in April 2021.
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In 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.”

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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.

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