Some of my family and friends think I’m crazy when I say that I love Vice President Joe Biden. Yeah, I know he can say or do some odd things from time to time, but what I admire most about him his innate goodness, his heart.
It doesn’t really matter what you think of Joe Biden, because I believe anyone would be touched by what he did for a young boy with a stutter several years ago.
The year is 1994, when Biden was still a Senator. A young man, Branden “Skip” Brooks, was on a field trip with the rest of his high school class to Washington, D.C. During a Q-and-A session with Biden, Brooks asked a question and Biden noticed Brooks stuttered.
Biden, who also stuttered as a child, pulled Brooks aside and gave him some advice on how to overcome his embarrassing speech impediment. And he also wrote Brooks a letter which read:
It was a pleasure meeting you yesterday. You are a fine, bright young man with a great future ahead of you if you continue to work hard.
Remember what I told you about stuttering. You can beat it just like I did. When you do, you will be a stronger man for having won. Also remember, every time you are tempted to make fun of someone with a problem, how it feels when you are made fun of.
Treat everyone with respect and you will be respected yourself.
Now, two decades later, Branden Brooks is a prosecutor in the state of Delaware. He overcame his stutter, just like Biden said he would. And, in an especially poignant moment, Brooks was sworn in by the late Beau Biden, who was Attorney General of Delaware at the time.
That’s the Joe Biden lots of people don’t know about. And it’s the reason I love Joe Biden.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.