Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Bill Clinton, Joe Biden Frame the Argument For Obama's Readiness

President Bill Clinton pushed all the right buttons, hit all the politically correct talking points, as he spoon-fed Republican 'red meat' to the Democratic faithful in Denver. Going way beyond the ten minutes alloted him, it was Clinton who finally set a theme for this Convention. In addition, he forcefully made a case for presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama as being ready to be the Commander-in-Chief.

It was apparent––from the half-hearted claps that echoed through the Convention Hall as Clinton cheerled for Obama––that the division within the Democratic party was not elimanated during this week of rallying-round-the-flag-pole. His biggest applause came with his comment:

He [Obama] will work for an America with more partners and fewer adversaries. He will rebuild our frayed alliances and revitalize the international institutions which help to share the costs of the world’s problems and to leverage our power and influence. He will put us back in the forefront of the world’s fight to reduce nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and to stop global warming", said the 42nd President of the United States.

Vice Presidential nominee Joe Biden came to the podium and used his oratory skills to humanize the Convention, often bringing tears to the eyes of many attendees as he gave recognition to this mom, wife, two sons, daughter, and his humble upbringing. Biden, a consummate speaker, only made one gaffe during his speech when he almost inserted the name of George [Bush] where he meant to say McCain.

Calling presumptive Republican nominee, John McCain, his friend and emphasizing him as a 'hero' who made a great sacrifice for this nation... Biden went on to attack his buddy–– encouraing the crowd to echo the McCain-bashing slogan of the evening: "Not change... more of the same". His case against McCain's judgment rang a bit hollow, in that Biden too voted for the war in Iraq, to fund the troops and many of the other national security measures that his pal McCain voted for as well.

The 65-year old Delaware Senator, capped off his acceptance speech by saying the world will trust America again if Barack Obama is elected President, and was later joined on stage by the Democratic nominee, to the hoopla of the crowd.

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