At times Promise Me, Dad is heartbreaking—yes, you will cry—and, at other times, the narrative is uplifting. Biden’s courageous ability to go on in the face of his devastating losses inspired me. When Biden was a freshman senator from Delaware, his wife and three children were in a tragic car accident. His wife and infant daughter were both killed. His two young boys spent a month recovering in the hospital. Rather than disappear from public life, Biden persevered, eventually remarried, and raised his boys and second daughter while continuing to serve Delaware as Senator in the U.S Congress. In 2013, Biden’s oldest son Beau was diagnosed with brain cancer. Joe Biden wrote this book for him.
Promise Me, Dad covers Biden’s journey with Beau through his cancer treatments while fulfilling his duties as the Vice President of the United States. I respected Joe Biden a great deal before reading this book. My respect for him now is off the charts. If you don’t know much about Joe Biden, or disagree with his politics, don’t let that keep you from reading Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose. His love for family, country, and democracy are irrefutable. In the end, isn’t that exactly what we ask of our public servants?