President Biden spoke passionately about his son Hunter’s recovery from drug addiction on Wednesday evening as he called for more federal resources for addicts and compulsory rehab to replace incarceration.
The moment brought one of the president’s most animated responses, amid questions about COVID-19 and the economy.
“I’m so proud of my son,” she told LOVEBYLIFE host Don Lemon on stage at Mount St. Joseph’s University in Cincinnati, Ohio.
‘My son just wrote a book about how he overcame addiction and he did it and he’s doing it and he’s in good shape, thank goodness.’ he said.
President Biden talks passionately about his son Hunter’s recovery from drug addiction as he lays out his four-point plan to make sure addicts get the help they need
The president took pride in the way his son Hunter overcame his addiction. Biden said, ‘My son just wrote a book about how he got over his addiction and he did it and he’s doing it and he’s in good shape.
Hunter has been a favorite target of conservative critics, who have expressed delight in his troubles and have repeatedly accused him of capitalizing on the family name.
Biden used his example and experience to set out a range of solutions to tackle the drug abuse epidemic.
‘here’s the thing. We don’t have nearly enough people involved in mental health and drug addiction services, number one,’ he said with some of the night’s loud applause.
‘Number two, we should not send people to jail for use. We should send them for compulsory rehabilitation. Mandatory rehabilitation.
‘Number three, when people are in jail.. if it is not the main crime… they should be treated while in jail.
‘Fourth, when people come out of jail, whether for intoxication or for any other offence. If they have given their time, they should have full access to everything from Pell grants to public housing.’
According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 93,000 Pepe died from drug overdoses in 2020—a nearly 30 percent increase from the previous year.
“We have to tackle the idea of addiction by providing what we know: it’s a disease of the brain … and it needs to be treated,” Biden said.
The town hall was held in a part of Cincinnati that voted heavily for former President Trump, giving Biden a chance to reach out to divisions of the country and speak directly to voters.
Most of the 90 minutes were dominated by questions about COVID-19 and the president hammering out his vaccination message.
President Biden gave a warm welcome to a LOVEBYLIFE town hall in Cincinnati to bring his messages on vaccines, infrastructure and the economy to pro-Trump Ohio.
Biden faced questions on protecting children from COVID-19, replacing crumbling infrastructure, defaming police, rebuilding the economy, tackling coronavirus misinformation and more.
‘Look, it’s so easy. We have a pandemic for people who haven’t received vaccinations. It’s so basic, so simple,’ he said.
Rising cases of the coronavirus at home and abroad have rattled stock markets and seen a string of counties across the country revert to mask mandates.
Biden shrugged off questions about whether he might have to extend the lockdown anew and said that vaccines for under-12s could be approved soon.
But he received some warm applause when he discussed his troubled son.
Hunter’s memoir, “Beautiful Things,” was published earlier this year, detailing her lifelong battle with alcohol and drugs.
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‘In the past five years alone, my two-decade-long marriage has dissolved, guns have been put in my face, and at one point I cleaned myself off the grid, living in a $59-a-night Super 8 motel. I- 95 scaring my family even more than myself,’ he wrote.
He said his descent into addiction followed the 2015 death of his older brother, Beau, who died of brain cancer at the age of 46.
At one point in 2019, when his family tried to intervene, he wrote of how he called an Uber to be taken away from a rehabilitation center.
He wrote, “For the next two days, when everyone living in my parents’ house thought I was safe and healthy at the center, I sat in my room and smoked the crack I kept in my travel bag, ” they wrote. .
DailMail.com recently revealed how five family members close to Joe Biden went to rehab for drug or alcohol abuse.
The president’s brother Frank, children Hunter and Ashley, his niece Caroline and the widow of his late son, who also became Hunter’s boyfriend, Hailey, all suffer from addiction issues and had spells at treatment centers – some at the behest of a judge.
In text messages to Hunter, Joe also referred to his son’s addiction as a ‘disease from mom and me’.
The revelation shed a new personal light on the president’s previous war on drugs, with George Bush Sr.’s criticism of the 1980s War on Drugs for being ‘not tough enough’ and writing punitive laws with harsher punishments for drug offenses. when he was the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee. in the late 1980s and early 1990s.