The Biden Bond Built on Shared Tragedies

Veep Joe Biden and son Beau shared a remarkable kinship.

The loss echoes the reality that Beau grew up without his mother. She died, along with his baby sister, in a car crash in 1972. The elder Biden was sworn in as a first-time senator in Delaware at 4-year-old Beau’s hospital bedside. Such a loss produced a remarkable bond between father and son and the unconditional support for a promising political career for Beau.