Walter Shaub, the former head of the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) under Barack Obama, slammed Joe Biden in multiple tweets over his praise of his son’s upcoming book.
Calling Joe Biden Out
In the since-deleted tweets, Shaub said that Biden’s comments about Hunter’s memoir ‘Beautiful Things’ may violate ethics rules.
“It is not acceptable for the President of the United States to be part of the book promotion tour. No,” he tweeted on the afternoon of February 7.
The Washington Examiner reported:
Shaub also said it was “wonderful” that Hunter Biden, 51, was sharing his experience with addiction because it could help Hunter and other people fighting personal demons. But Shaub added the president’s comments regarding the memoir, Beautiful Things, were ethically compromised. There appears to have been other tweets by Shaub in the past 24 hours knocking Biden for the comments about his son’s book, but they were also erased.
If even Obama’s “ethics” chief is attacking Joe Biden for something, it must really be bad.
Biden Promoting the Book
Hunter’s book discusses his battle with drug addiction and alcohol abuse. Joe Biden discussed the book during an interview with CBS News.
“I bet there’s not a family you know who doesn’t have somebody in the family that had a drug problem, or an alcohol problem. But the honesty with which he stepped forward and talked about the problem and the hope that, it gave me hope reading it. I mean, it was like my boy is back, you know what I mean? Anyway, I’m sorry to get so personal,” Biden said.
“The honesty with which he stepped forward and talked about the problem,” Pres. Biden says of his son Hunter’s memoir on his struggles with addiction, “it gave me hope.”
“It was like my boy’s back,” Pres. Biden tells us.
— Norah O'Donnell 🇺🇸 (@NorahODonnell) February 7, 2021
Regardless of whether this is an ethics violation, the fact is that Hunter Biden is once again profiting off of his father’s name. Would this book still be promoted this much if his father wasn’t the president? It’s doubtful.