Joe Biden’s acceptance speech on Thursday evening got everyone talking, but a 13-year-old boy stole the show and endeared himself to the hearts of American viewers and netizens all over the globe.
Brayden Harrington, 13, expressed his support to Joe Biden with a heart-tugging two-minute speech. He proudly said he and Biden “were members of the same club — we stutter.”
“It was really amazing to hear that someone like me became vice president,” Brayden said.
The two became friends after meeting in New Hampshire earlier this year. Biden took Harrington under his wing and encouraged him to work on his speech problem, something he himself had to overcome during his youth.
Brayden told the nation that Biden helped him to “feel more confident about something that’s bothered me my whole life.”
“He told me about a book of poems by Yeats he would read out loud to practice. He showed me how he marks his addresses to make them easier to say out loud. So I did the same thing today, and now I’m here talking to you today about the future, about our future,” he said.
Brayden, bravely working through his remarks and clearly struggling in some portions, urged people to vote for Biden.
“I’m just a regular kid, and in a short amount of time Joe Biden made me more confident about something that’s bothered me my whole life,” he said. “Kids like me are counting on you to elect someone we can all look up to, someone who cares, someone who will make our country and the world feel better. We’re counting on you to elect Joe Biden.”
Netizens immediately posted comments on Twitter and shared and re-shared the boy’s moving video.
Harrington, for his part, said his appearance at the DNC convention boosted his confidence and would like to do more to help other kids who stutter.