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In moving speech, boy says Biden helped him overcome stutter | News

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Even in a week filled with emotional endorsements of Joe Biden, Brayden Harrington’s stands out.

The 13-year-old boy sat in his home, speaking to a cellphone camera and reading, carefully, from a piece of paper.

He looked up and told the world how the former vice president, by speaking about his own experience, had helped him overcome a difficult challenge.

“We stutter,” Harrington said in a video that aired on Thursday, shortly before Biden accepted his party’s presidential nomination on the final night of the Democratic National Convention.

The Concord, New Hampshire, teen got stuck briefly on the “s” sound and bravely worked his way through the word. His face showed strain but also determination to force out the sound.

“It’s really amazing to hear that someone became vice president” despite stuttering, Harrington said. “He told me about a book of poems by Yeats that he would read out loud to practice.”

Biden has spoken frequently about how overcoming a stutter was one of the hardest things he has done in life. Harrington and Biden met at a February CNN town hall in Concord, where Biden spoke about overcoming a severe childhood stutter.

He has talked publicly through the years about the anger and frustration of being mocked by classmates and a nun in Catholic school – and how that motivated him to work to overcome it.

“It has nothing to do with your intellectual makeup,” he said at the town hall.

After the event, Biden invited Harrington backstage to talk more about learning to control a stutter. Biden noted he had practised by speaking as he looked at himself in the mirror.

He also gave the boy a speech he had prepared for delivery, complete with markings he had made on its pages that showed where he had time to take breaks and pauses so the words would come out more smoothly.

Harrington held up that speech for convention viewers on Thursday.

“I’m just trying to be a kid,” Harrington said. “And in a short amount of time, Joe Biden made me feel more confident about something that’s bothered me my whole life. Joe Biden cared. Imagine what he could do for all of us.”

“Kids like me are counting on you to elect someone we can all look up to,” he added.

Biden has talked about his stutter frequently on the presidential campaign trail and how it sometimes returns on certain words, especially if he is tired.

After he talked about it during a Democratic primary debate in December – and even started to make the sounds of a stutter – then-White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders ridiculed Biden on Twitter.

The tweet was later deleted and Sanders apologised. Biden said afterwards he had no regrets “because I know what it’s like to be humiliated”.



Source – www.aljazeera.com

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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge

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Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

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Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.

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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?

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The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail

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Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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