Rising From The Bottom: The American Dream

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Despite a turbulent life that tested the limits of his sanity, he overcame with resilience, becoming the leader of the free world.

He was born in 1942 to a middle-class family that struggled financially and whose hometown suffered economic decline in the 1950s. 

He was bullied constantly before his early twenties for having a stutter, but he overcame it by constantly reciting poetry in front of a mirror.     

He moved from Scranton, Pennsylvania to Wilmington, Delaware, becoming a star football player at his private school. 

At the University of Delaware, he earned a double major in history and political science with a minor in English. But he struggled academically – having a C average, ranked 506th in his class out of 688. 

Nonetheless, he was and is still a natural leader.

Initially a liberal Republican due to his dislike for the Delaware governor in the 1960s, he sought to reform the ideology of and revitalize the state Democratic party.

At age 30, he became one of the youngest Senators in American history.

Weeks after he was elected to the Senate, his wife and one-year-old daughter of his now four children were killed in a car accident. Angry, devastated, but resilient, he chose not to resign and continue as Delaware’s US Senator.

He underwent two brain surgery operations for an almost fatal aneurysm in 1988. 

In 2015, he lost his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden to brain cancer, who he hoped would carry on his political legacy. The combination of death in his family compounded his depression and struggles to the edge of suicide.

He remained Senator of Delaware for 30 consecutive years, being re-elected 6 times. 

He unsuccessfully ran for United States President in 1988 and 2008.  

But, he was successful in 2020. 

Our former Vice President and now President of the United States of America, Joe Biden. 

Hardship is the best teacher in life. If you are going through hell, keep going – because it is the only way to overcome your struggle. In times of struggle, you have two options – either burn to ashes or endure – and under that same tremendous pressure and heat, be forged into a diamond. 

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