Joe Biden
Bullying Survivor
Male | Washington, DC   United States
Bullied for his stutter
Bullying Type: Physical / Emotional
Posted By: periods
8/23/12 12:45 PM
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Vice President of the United States. Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was born on November 20, 1942 in the blue-collar city of Scranton in northeast Pennsylvania. His father, Joseph Biden Sr., was a failed businessman who squandered most of the family fortune and worked cleaning furnaces and as a used car salesman. His mother was born Catherine Eugenia Finnegan and went by "Jean." Biden credits his parents with instilling in him the values of toughness, hard work and perseverance. He recalls his father frequently saying, "Champ, the measure of a man is not how often he is knocked down, but how quickly he gets up." When Biden would come home sullen because he had been bullied by one of the bigger kids in the neighborhood, his mother told him, "Bloody their nose so you can walk down the street the next day!'" Biden attended St. Paul's Elementary School in Scranton. In 1955, when he was thirteen years old, the family moved to Mayfield, Delaware—a rapidly growing middle class community sustained primarily by the nearby DuPont chemical company.

As a child, Biden struggled with a stutter, and kids alternatively called him "Dash" and "Joe Impedimenta" to mock him. He eventually overcame his speech impediment by memorizing long passages of poetry and reciting them out loud in front of the mirror. Biden attended the St. Helena School in Pennsylvania until he gained acceptance into the prestigious Archmere Academy. Although he had to work washing the school windows and weeding the gardens to help his family afford tuition, Biden had long dreamed of attending the school, which he called "the object of my deepest desire, my Oz." At Archmere, Biden was a solid student and, despite his small size, a standout receiver on the football team. "He was a skinny kid," his coach remembered, "but he was one of the best pass receivers I had in 16 years as a coach." Biden graduated from Archmere in 1961.


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Posted By: Camels | 8/23/12 2:02 PM
Joe Biden is a champ!
Posted By: WaitAminute | 8/27/12 3:08 PM
Now this should give kids something to strive for. Once he was bullied in school and now he is the Presidents right hand man in the White House.
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