Biden, 78, many family photos can be seen arranged behind the Resolute Desk — including a 2009 shot of Beau, a former National Guardsman who died at 46 to brain cancer.
A photo of Biden alongside First Lady Dr. Jill Biden sat next to it.
A day before the inauguration, Biden gave a touching departure speech at the National Guard Reserve Center in Delaware named for his late son.
“I only have one regret, he’s not here” Biden said of Beau. “Because we should be introducing him as president.”
After Beau died in May of 2015, Biden decided he could not run for president in the 2016 election as he and his family were still grieving their loss.
“Look, dealing with the loss of Beau, any parent listening who’s lost a child, knows that you can’t — it doesn’t follow schedules of primaries and caucuses and contributors. Everybody grieves at a different pace,” Biden said at the time.
Back in January of 2020, he said during a segment on MSNBC’s Morning Joe how “Beau should be the one running for president, not me.”
Beau was formerly the Delaware attorney general and a National Guardsman.
And with Beau’s photo behind him, Biden began his term as the 46th president of the United States by signing a flurry of executive orders.
Of those orders, a mandate requiring face masks on all federal property and during interstate travel was included as well as support for underserved communities and rejoining the Paris climate agreement.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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