The politician has struggled with a stutter since he was a baby and recalled being bullied about it all through his youth, together with by a Catholic nun in center college. Biden notably dreaded one classroom train that required the scholars to take turns studying passages out loud.
“I might rely down what number of paragraphs, and I’d memorize it, as a result of I discovered it simpler to memorize than have a look at the web page and skim the phrase. I’d faux to be studying,” he mentioned of his inner prep work in an interview with The Atlantic.
The 77-year-old vividly remembers the textual content he was reciting when his schoolteacher interrupted him. “The paragraph I needed to learn was: ‘Sir Walter Raleigh was a gentleman…’ And I mentioned, ‘Sir Walter Raleigh was a mild man who—’ after which the nun mentioned, ‘Mr. Biden, what’s that phrase?'”
He knew that she wished him to say “gentleman” as an alternative of “mild man,” however earlier than he might proceed, the nun requested mockingly, “‘Mr. Buh-Buh-Buh-Biden, what’s that phrase?'”
Although that second had a long-lasting impact on the long run senator, he didn’t permit his stammer to forestall him from pursuing a high-profile profession. “Be conscious of people who find themselves in conditions the place their difficulties don’t outline their character, their mind,” he expressed. “That’s what I inform stutterers. You’ll be able to’t let it outline you.”