Joe Biden's Grandchildren Encouraged Him to Run for President

Monica Chon
·6 mins read
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From Oprah Magazine

  • The 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, former Vice President Joe Biden, has a large extended family—including seven grandchildren.

  • Many of the younger Bidens, including Natalie, 16, and Robert Hunter Biden II, 14—children of the late Beau Biden—as well as Naomi, 26, Finnegan, 20, and Maisy, 18—the children of Biden's oldest son Hunter—have been involved in the campaign.

  • All five were featured on the first night of the Democratic National Convention reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Former Vice President Joe Biden is no stranger to the national spotlight, having been in politics from the age of 29 when he was first elected to the Senate. Now that he is the official 2020 Democratic nominee for president, the country also is getting to know his family, including his wife Dr. Jill Biden as well as his children Hunter Biden, the late Beau Biden, and Ashley Biden.

But when talking about the Biden family tree, it's important to remember his grandchildren. In fact, the 77-year-old politician is in constant communication with them, even while social distancing through the pandemic. "Every single day, I speak to all five of my grandkids. Either on the phone, or I text with them," Biden told Anderson Cooper during a March CNN town hall, noting that his late son Beau's children live close enough to stop by and chat. "We sit on our back porch and they sit out on the lawn with two chairs there, and we talk about everything that is going on in their day. And talk about being home from school. And who's driving whom crazy, and so on."

Now that the campaign is heading into the final three months, it's likely we'll be seeing his grandchildren even more. In fact, five of his grandchildren—Naomi, 26, Finnegan, 20, and Maisy, 18—Hunter's children—as well as Natalie, 16, and Robert Hunter Biden II, 14—the children of the late Beau Biden—kicked off the first night of the virtual Democratic National Convention by reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

And on the final night of the convention, the four granddaughters appeared in a segment discussing how much their grandfather likes ice cream, (they treated him to a pint the day he officially accepted his nomination) and how they encouraged him to join the 2020 presidential race. "Pop told us that this election would be totally different from any other election ever," Natalie said, but the grandchildren weren't deterred. According to Naomi, Biden "thought we were calling a meeting to discuss whether or not we wanted him [to run for president] but really we were calling it to be like, get in that race. Hurry up!"

Here's what we know about the Biden grandchildren:

Naomi Biden

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Born in 1993, Naomi is the oldest of the Biden grandchildren and the first child of Hunter and his ex wife Kathleen. Naomi is named after her late aunt who died at only one years old in a car accident in 1971 that also killed Joe Biden's first wife, Neilia. In 2016, Naomi graduated from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts & Sciences with a bachelors degree, in the same class as Tiffany Trump. After college, she went on to get a degree from Columbia Law School, graduating this May in a virtual ceremony where her grandfather was the guest speaker.

Naomi is no stranger to the national spotlight, having accompanied her grandfather on numerous trips while he was vice president. She's also hung out court side with President Barack Obama.

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The 26-year-old is dating University of Pennsylvania law student Peter Neal, who is regularly featured on her Instagram.

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While quarantining together, the couple created a website to help people figure out how much relief funds they could claim from the coronavirus stimulus bill, the CARES Act.

Finnegan Biden

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Although Finnegan doesn't have a public Instagram page, she does make appearances in her older sister's profile. The second daughter of Hunter and Kathleen, Finnegan was born 2000, and is named after her great grandmother, Catherine Eugenia "Jean" Finnegan Biden. She maintains a relatively low public profile, but has previously hit the campaign trail for Biden during the primary earlier this year.

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Maisy Biden

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Hunter and Kathleen Biden's youngest child Maisy was born in 2001 and is close in age to Sasha Obama. According to the Chicago Tribune, the two became fast friends and even attended the private Sidwell Friends School in Washington D.C. "Her best friend is Sasha Obama," said Biden, who skipped an event during his primary campaign to watch his granddaughter as well as Sasha graduate from high school. "Barack and Jill and the whole family, we had a whole get together."

The 18-year-old has a talent for basketball. "Maisy's a real athlete, I mean for real," Biden said about his granddaughter's skills on the court, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Natalie Biden

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The oldest child of the late Beau Biden and his widow Hallie, 16-year-old Natalie made several appearances during a video segment that played during the virtual 2020 Democratic National Convention, including one where she helped introduce her grandmother, Jill. "I would say she’s not your average grandmother," Natalie said, laughing. "She's a prankster, she's very mischievous."

Natalie was just a toddler when Biden became vice president, and she grew up in the spotlight—often photographed with her doting grandfather.

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Robert "Hunter" Biden II

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Photo credit: Joe Raedle - Getty Images

Hunter, Beau's second child with Hallie, was born in 2006. The young teenager doesn't have any public social media accounts, but he has made several appearances alongside his famous grandfather. In 2008, he was photographed in Biden's arms as he accepted the vice presidential nomination, and in 2020, he appeared in a video with the other grandchildren reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

Hunter Biden welcomed a baby boy in March.

In May 2019 Hunter married his partner Melissa Cohen and the couple welcomed a “beautiful and healthy baby boy” in March 2020, New York Post reported at the time.

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