The son of the President of the United States is addicted to crack. That’s right – even though Hunter Biden doesn’t continue to use drugs, like, when his father was Barack Obama’s deputy, he had a gun to his head when trying to buy anything available at a homeless camp.
Donald Trump underwent the first of two impeachment proceedings because he illegally pressured the president of Ukraine to find dirt in Joe Biden’s son’s dealings with an energy company to get the Democratic opponent out of the presidential race.
But Hunter’s underworld doesn’t pass through Kiev. It is described in detail by himself, in the memoir released this Tuesday (6th), “Beautiful Things”. The title is a reference to what Hunter’s brother Beau Biden said, just before he died of a brain tumor in 2015, recalling that there was beauty in life.
The fact that Hunter Biden is alive surprises those who read the book, praised by critics for its beautiful writing. At 51, a life of dependence inaugurated when he had his first glass of champagne at 8, he recounts the experience that included several treatments and long periods of sobriety.
The enormous attention that the book attracts in the USA is predictable. Hunter became the favorite scarecrow of the Trumpist right who explored, during his time as an executive at the Ukrainian company Burisma, the —real— conflict of interest with his father’s post. The case was investigated and did not result in any incrimination of the current American president.
Biden Filho admits only that today he would not accept the job offer, whose salary of US $ 50 thousand (R $ 280 thousand) per month, allowed a lifestyle that included smoking crack in the comfort of the wealthy Chateau Marmont hotel in Los Angeles.
The book’s launch was preceded by interviews in which the author tries to maintain dignity in the midst of contrition. But the best introduction to Hunter and the Biden family’s nightmare was offered in conversation with another addict, comedian and actor Marc Maron, a podcast pioneer, entering his third decade of sobriety.
Listening to the 90-minute recording is entering the world where, as Maron recalls, the person detaches himself from any moral compass or family reality. Hunter Biden’s reality is a loving family that was shaken by the tragedy in 1972.
Weeks after Joe’s first election, Hunter, Beau and younger sister Amy went with their mother Neilia to buy a Christmas tree. The car hit a tractor, Neilia and Amy died. Joe Biden was sworn in as a senator in January 1973 at the hospital where Hunter and Beau were recovering from the accident.
Tragedy brought the brothers together. Beau was the star of the family, decorated for serving in combat in Iraq, elected Delaware state attorney and seen as a future candidate for president. Beau took Hunter to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and was his brother’s north.
Beau’s death precipitated Hunter’s latest plunge into alcohol and hard drugs. At one point, with his father still a vice president, Hunter took his crack supplier to live in his home.
Nothing that Hunter Biden has done as a lawyer and executive can compare to the corruption of Donald Trump’s offspring, whose reckoning with justice has not yet happened.
“Beautiful Things” offers more than memories. It will also inform future historians of the new president, by revealing examples of the decency and unconditional love that define Joe Biden’s character.
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