While the grandeur of the US presidency has historically been accompanied by eloquent speeches and a confident demeanor, President Joe Biden has the potential to shatter this guise of perfection. Often criticized as “hiding in plain sight,” Biden’s mental stamina and intellectual fortitude have also been questioned. Less attention has been given to his long-standing issue with stuttering and the substantial stigma associated with the condition. Stuttering is a communication disorder that poses difficulty in the processes of speech for millions of people living in the US and is now part of the core of President Biden’s journey as a man who is perceived by many as the most powerful person in the world. With that power comes significant responsibility and criticism that will ultimately revitalize interest in this multifaceted disorder.
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Briley PM, Ellis C, Jacobs MM. The Impact of Stuttering—Hiding in Plain Sight. JAMA Neurol. Published online April 12, 2021. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2021.0633
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