Brayden Harrington, the teenager who formed a special bond with President Joe Biden during the presidential primaries, is in the news again — and once again, he is using his platform for good.
For those who don’t remember, because August feels like it was from a different lifetime, Brayden Harrington is a 13-year-old boy who got to know Joe Biden at a campaign event when Biden was still on the campaign trail in New Hampshire. They both bonded due to the fact that they both stutter. President Biden has been enormously open about this speech impediment and talks about it frequently. After they got to know one another, Brayden spoke at the Democratic National Convention in August — bringing up their story and how President Biden helped him feel more confident.
“He told me that we were members of the same club: We stutter. It was really amazing to hear that someone like me became vice president,” Harrington said in his speech in August. Well, now Harrington knows he can aspire to the highest office and is continuing to practice his public speaking skills in service of the President — last night, by reciting some of former President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural speech during Biden’s inaugural celebration.
The Biden Inaugural Committee posted the quick portion of the speech on their Twitter account, where Harrington says: “In the long history of the world only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger, I do not shrink from that responsibility. I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us will exchange places with any other people or any other generation,” Brayden Harrington recited.
“The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from that fire can truly light the world. And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
— Biden Inaugural Committee (@BidenInaugural) January 21, 2021