Biden captured on video sharing words of encouragement for girl with stutter

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President Joe Biden The video was captured sharing words of encouragement with a girl battling a stammer.

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Mr Biden was speaking to Avery, the niece of Rufus Gifford, who served as the US ambassador to Denmark during the second half of the Obama administration and as Mr Biden’s 2020 deputy campaign manager.

The president has spoken about his struggle with stammering on several occasions.


“I promise you it’ll go away if you keep it up, okay?” Mr Biden told Avery in a video tweeted by Mr Gifford on Sunday. Mr Gifford awaits confirmation as the State Department’s head of protocol.

“Thank you, Mr Speaker,” Avery said while embracing Biden. Mr. Biden then invited Avery to come to the White House and visit the Oval Office.

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“My wonderful niece and granddaughter Avery has struggled with a stammer for most of her life. She was just told by a boy who knew a little about it that she could be anything in this world,” said Mr. Gifford. tweeted. “One day she will never forget. Thank you sir.”

The conversation appears to have been recorded in Nantucket, Massachusetts, CNN told, the first family spent Thank you Holiday on the island. Mr Biden arrived back in Washington, DC on Sunday.

Mr Biden has previously shared how he used to spend hours in front of the mirror reciting Irish poetry, such as the work of William Butler Yeats, to try to work through the issue.

During the 2020 CNN townhall, Mr Biden said he marks his speeches to note where he can breathe to aid in his delivery.

“You know, the stutter, when you think about it, that’s the only obstacle people still laugh about. That’s it. [they] Still humiliating people. And they don’t even mean it,” Mr Biden said,

Mr Biden met with 12-year-old Braden Harrington while campaigning in New Hampshire. After a short chat on the rope line, Braden was invited to speak to then-candidate Biden backstage, where he shared his experience with stuttering and strategies for overcoming it.

“Don’t let it define you,” Biden said.

Brayden later spoke at the 2020 Democratic National Convention and in relation to Mr Biden’s inauguration in January.

“I’m just a regular kid, and in a short amount of time, Joe Biden made me feel more confident about something that’s bothered me my whole life,” Braden said during the DNC.

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