Like many kids, Avery Bral of Clive, Iowa has an imaginary friend. But this friend, who the three-year-old has been having “phone calls” with for months, just happens to hold the second highest office in the United States.
Avery’s imaginary BFF is Vice President Joe Biden.
When asked why she is so captivated by the vice president, the girl responded: “I just do.”
Avery’s parents say her love of Biden started when she saw him speaking on television and asked who he was. A while later, her parents overheard her having a pretend conversation on her toy phone.
When they asked who she was on the phone with, Avery told them she was talking to Joe Biden.
“For the next couple months, every time she was on her phone it was Joe Biden,” Erica Bral, Avery’s mother, told KCCI News 8.
Eight months ago, Avery’s grandmother, Becky Burke, posted a message on Biden’s website to tell him about his littlest fan. Then, he called.
At first, Burke said she didn’t quite believe it: “He said ‘This is Joe Biden’ and I said, ‘Who the - - - - is this?’ And he said, ‘This is Joe Biden,’ and I said, ‘I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry I said that to you.”
During the call, Biden said he saw her message about Avery and wanted to reach out. Biden and Avery’s grandmother chatted for five minutes about family and grandchildren. Biden’s press secretary also said that he’d be sending Avery a personal note in the mail.
It is unclear whether or not the toddler gleaned any insight into Biden’s rumored presidential ambitions during their calls.