Analysis of Senator Joe Biden’s Speech to the DNC

OK, again, like Bill Clinton’s I’m getting this up late due to some meetings I had, but here’s my analysis:

He’s starting out talking about being proud of his kids, and that the way they turned out made him a success.  Now he’s moved on to his wife.  Talking about how he wants to bring the country as far along as Bill Clinton did.

Talking about Hillary, who’s made history, and will continue to make history.

“I am truly honored to live in a country with the bravest warriors in the world.”  A good quote there, because it shows how supportive of the troops he is, whereas, up until now, McCain has been the one who appears as the ally to the troops.

“And I’m honored to represent … my state of Delaware.  Since I’ve never been called a man of few words, let me say this as simply as I can.  Yes, yes I accept your nomination to run and serve with Barack Obama, the next President of the United States of America.”

Started talking about his road to where he is now.  Talking about his dad and mom.  And the place just erupted in support of his mother.  He’s really a GREAT speaker.

His mom taught him, “You are defined by your sense of honor, and you’re redeemed by your loyalty. … Bravery lives in every heart, and it will be summoned.  Failure, failure at some point in your life is inevitable, but giving up is unforgivable.”  And now he’s talking about some funny stories from his childhood.  He’s such a down-to-earth speaker, but very inspirational.  He almost reminds me of Tony Snow a little bit, in terms of speech-making.

My mother’s creed is the American creed: “No one is better than you.  Everyone is your equal, and everyone is equal to you.”  Wow, that’s another great quote.

So far, the speech hasn’t had much issue substance, but it’s still been a good “American” speech.

“Today [the] American dream feels like it’s slipping away.”  Very good imagery.

Talking about bad economy, gas prices, and health care conversations he hears while taking the train from D.C. back to Delaware.

“That’s the America that George Bush has left us, and that’s the America we’ll continue if George, excuse me, John McCain is elected President of the United States of America.  Freudian slip.  Freudian slip.”  Well, you could tell that was scripted (he paused right before he said George), but it was still a good, funny, clever line.  And comparing McCain to Bush will be CRUCIAL to the Democrats in this election.

“Barack Obama … is the great American story.”

Talking about Obama going to South Chicago.

“Work is more than a paycheck.  It’s dignity.  It’s respect.  It’s about whether or not you can look your child in the eye and say, ‘We’re going to be alright.'”  Great quote.

Talking about Barack Obama helping people get health care in Illinois.  Talking about his accomplishments in Congress.

“You know, you can learn a lot about a man, campaigning with him, debating him, seeing how he reacts under pressure.  You learn about the strength of his mind, but even more importantly, you learn about the quality of his heart.  I watched how Barack touched people, how he inspired them, and I realized he had tapped into the oldest belief in America: we don’t have to accept the situation we cannot bear.  We have the power to change it.  And change it is exactly what Barack Obama will do.  That’s what he’ll do for this country.”

“You know, John McCain is my friend. … You hear that phrase used a lot in politics. … I mean it. … The personal courage and heroism demonstrated by John still amazes me, but I profoundly disagree with the direction John wants to take this country from Afghanistan to Iraq, from Amtrack to veterans.  John thinks that during the Bush years quote, ‘We’ve made great economic progress.’  I think it’s been abysmal.  And in the Senate, John has voted with President Bush 95%, and that is very hard to believe. … That’s not change, that’s more of the same.”  That’s good for the Democrats.  He showed that he’s friends with him personally, and that he respects him, but he’s comparing him with Bush, which is an image that will stick in the minds of voters.

Talking about oil, economy, and Iraq.

“The choice in this election is clear: these times require more than a good soldier, they require a wise leader.  A leader who can change.  The change everybody knows we need.  Barack Obama’s gonna deliver that change.”  Good quotes again – emphasizing change from Bush, but still showing respect for McCain.

Talking about Obama’s tax cut plans and alternative energy plans.

“Barack Obama knows that any country who out-teaches us today, will out-compete us tomorrow.”  Talking about better teachers and more affordable college.  A good issue to get young votes.

Talking about “affordable, accessible health care for every American.”  “Put security back in social security.”  Talking about equal pay for women.

Talking about the real center of the war on terrorism being in Afghanistan, not Iraq.  Talking about Russia challenging the freedom of Georgia.  That he and Obama will hold Russia accountable and help Georgia rebuild.  Well, if you’re opposed to Iraq, why are we going around helping Georgia?

“This administration’s policy ahas been an abysmal failure.”

Talking about Obama wanting to send more troops to Afghanistan while McCain said that we’ve already won there.  Talking about Al Qaeda reorganizing.  ”

John McCain was wrong, and Barack Obama was right.”  Talking about talks with Iran.  Saying that even the Bush administration now says we should talk to Iran.  Talking about timelines in Iraq, that McCain said stay indefinitely.  Now the Iraqi government is almost ready to set a date.  Barack Obama was right, and McCain was wrong.

Joe Biden: “I am here is for the [workers].”

“Millions of Americans have been knocked down, and this is the time as Americans together, we get back up, back up together.  Our debt to our parents and our grandparents is too great.  Our obligation to our children is too sacred.  These are extraordinary times.  This is an extraordinary election.  The American people are ready.  I am ready.  Barack is ready.  This is his time.  This is our time.  This is America’s time.  God bless America, and may God protect our troops.  Thank you very much.  Thank you.  Thank you very much.”

WOW!  Another great speech at the DNC!  Although I disagreed with most everything policy-wise, I think it was a great speech that went after John McCain and fired up the Democrats for the election.  Biden is a great speaker, and he did his job of getting everybody really excited for Obama’s speech tomorrow.  Biden brings a lot of enthusiasm to the table as well as experience, and although he may not help Barack a lot in any individual states, it’s speeches like that that make Biden a very likable guy, and a good guy to have on a campaign.

I’ll (hopefully) be doing a live blog of Barack’s acceptance speech tomorrow.

Done Analyzing,

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