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President Barack Obama offered to provide Vice President Joe Biden financial assistance when his son faced illness, Biden said in an interview this week.

The offer, recounted in an interview with CNN, came during a private lunch as Biden’s son Beau battled brain cancer. When Biden expressed concern that his son’s family would not be able to pay their bills because of the illness, Obama offered to help out with financial assistance.

“I said, ‘But — Jill and I will sell the house and be in good shape,'” Biden said, referring to the family home he and his wife Jill own in Delaware. Obama insisted that Biden not resort to that.

“He said, ‘I’ll give you the money. Whatever you need, I’ll give you the money,'” Biden said.

Beau Biden died last May. His parents did not sell the home.

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