Hunter Biden addresses the virtual Democratic National Convention
  • President Joe Biden said he felt "hope" at reading his son Hunter Biden's upcoming memoir.
  • Biden said that his family's personal battles were not unlike many families across the country.
  • The memoir is set to be released in April 2021.
  • Visit Business Insider for more stories.

In an interview set to air directly before the Super Bowl, President Joe Biden felt "hope" at reading his son Hunter Biden's upcoming memoir.

Speaking with "CBS Evening News" anchor Norah O'Donnell, Biden reflected on the life journey of his younger son, who has struggled with substance abuse in the past.

Hunter's business relationships in Ukraine were the focus of a phone call between former President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, which led to Trump's first impeachment.

During the first presidential debate last September, Trump attacked Hunter's past substance abuse issues, prompting Biden to immediately defend him.

"My son, like a lot of people, like a lot of people you know at home, had a drug problem,'' he said at the time. "He's overtaken it. He's fixed it. He's worked on it. And I'm proud of him."

Read more:  Inside the 7-minute virtual workouts the Biden transition team used to stay connected as staffers prepared to demolish Trump's policies

When Biden began to read the memoir, he said he felt the impact of his son's words.

"The honesty with which he stepped forward and talked about the problem," Biden said. "And the hope that - it gave me hope reading it."

He added: "It was like my boy's back."

Biden said that his family's personal battles were not unlike many families across the country.

"I'll bet there's not a family you know that doesn't have somebody in the family that had a drug problem or an alcohol problem," he said.

Hunter's book, entitled "Beautiful Things," is set to be released in April by by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

Read the original article on Business Insider

Receive a daily news update on your cellphone. Or get the best of our site emailed to you

Go to the Business Insider front page for more stories.