As part of the CBS This Morning segment “Note to Self,” Vice President Joe Biden penned an open letter to a younger version of himself, 12-year-old Joey Biden.
“Dear Joe, you’re only 12,” Biden begins. “Your stutter is debilitating. It embarrasses you, and the bullies are vicious.” Biden goes on to discuss taking the advice of his parents, who taught him the values that eventually led to his involvement in social justice and politics.
“An intolerance for the abuse of power will inspire you to stand up for civil rights,” he writes. “And because you listened, you’ll live a life fully consistent with what you were taught by mom and dad and your faith.”
Biden also opens up about the incredible losses he has experienced during his life. In 1972 his wife and young daughter died in a car accident. And in 2015 he lost his son Beau to brain cancer.
“One day you’ll be on top of the world,” Biden says. “Only to be brought down in a flash with a profound loss and grief that leaves a black hole in your heart and questions the faith in your soul. And anger, anger beyond rage.”
But through perseverance, and a commitment to doing what is right, Biden assures his younger self that his path will be a fruitful one.
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