Investigators describe combing through boxes filled with mementos sent to the Bidens after Beau’s death. Mr. Biden had kept photos of his son on the campaign trail in a folder marked “Beau Iowa,” and had kept 28 boxes that “contained letters expressing condolences related to the death of Beau Biden,” according to the report.
Mr. Biden had also kept a folder with clippings labeled “Notable Stories on the Life of Beau Biden,” and an envelope labeled “Layout of Beau’s House,” which was described by an assistant to Mr. Biden as particularly important to him.
Investigators also focused on the notebooks Mr. Biden kept as vice president and found that some contained diarylike entries on “purely personal subjects, such as the illness and death of his son.”
In one case, Mr. Biden’s ruminations were just one page away from notes he took during a sensitive meeting held in the White House Situation Room in 2015. Investigators described Mr. Biden as toggling back and forth between emotional and professional topics in conversations with a ghostwriter, Mark Zwonitzer, as he worked on a memoir.
Mr. Biden has blended that gutting personal loss with his political career ever since.
He still sometimes mentions his son in the present tense in private discussions, according to people who have spoken with him. Last weekend, Mr. Biden and Jill Biden, the first lady, visited Beau’s grave in Delaware before the president visited the Biden campaign headquarters.