Parked back in front of the tube, watching Biden now. He is doing a pretty good job and after his schmaltzy opening homage to his wife, its all about Barack Obama.
He's pounding home the importance of the GM and Chrysler rescues, contrasting Obama's approach to Mitt Romney's instincts on the issue.
And now Biden plays to economic nationalism, something to which I have no objection, but Sully is probably weeping.
Biden is really such an old-fashioned politician, an old-school Irish pol filled with a kind of unself-conscious blarney and sentiment. He's really an almost pre-television kind of figure, someone who probably projects better live than on television. (Although not always -- I saw him live one time where he got into full on blather mode, dragging on interminably and costing fellow candidate Obama about 15 minutes of his allotted time.) Not the greatest of speeches, but one that I think was helpful to Obama both in terms of humanizing the President as a partner, while also emphasizing the decisiveness of Obama's character.
I haven't seen too much this evening, so I will probably have to go back and check out the Kerry and Granholm speeches which were both supposed to be pretty compelling.
And now on to the main event.
With the preliminaries over, he riffs briefly on what "hope" means and how it differs from wishful thinking. We face stark choices, with "two fundamentally different versions of the future." He invokes his grandparents as members of the greatest generation who were part of something bigger and derived the benefits of a society of mutual obligation.
The Republicans: "They want your vote, but they don't want you to know their plan." And the only plan is the magic of tax cuts for the wealthy.
"Climate change is not a hoax." Yes.
Sully and I just had the same thought -- that this feels a little bit more like a state of the union address than a convention speech. (And a rather Clintonesque one at that.)
"When you take off your uniform, we will serve you as well as you served us." Take that Romney.
However, "challenges remain."
Romney and Ryan as foreign policy amateurs -- blustering and blundering all over the world.
And after a slow build, a crescendo about the absurdity of tax cuts for the wealthy.
And now a very strong defenses of Medicare (never a voucher program on his watch) and Social Security (not going to hand it over to Wall Street).
Good riff on rights, responsibilities, citizenship, and solidarity.
"I'm no longer just a candidate, I'm the President." And a sense of the enormity of what that means.
And now back to hope -- after all of the sober and realistic talk -- "ours is a future filled with hope."
"Everyone gets a fair shot and everyone does his fair share." Nice.
"We leave no one behind."
And yes, "We Take Care of Our Own."
I think it was a really good speech, with a really strong ending. Very sure in tone, both sober and uplifting.
I was struck by the amount of humility in the speech, contra to the notion that he is aloof and arrogant.
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