I had the privilege of seeing Joe Biden give his Democratic National Convention speech in person. I was just rows away from the stage and had a perfect view. I saw his facial expressions, hand gestures, and confident gait. His delivery, a blend of hushed tones that made us all lean in to listen and forceful conviction, was spot on. But more than than, his words, his message, moved me. I must admit, I was waiting for the typical "Jaux pas" and was both relieved and admittedly a tish disappointed that he was on his A game. However, a speech with no gaffes means that we can focus on the meat of his words.
Here are a few of my favorite clips from Vice President Joe Biden's speech at the Democratic National Convention:
Barack and I have been through a lot together. And we’ve learned a lot about each other. I learned of the enormity of his heart. And he learned of the depth of my loyalty.
The rest of my life, my dad never failed to remind me -- that a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about dignity. It’s about respect. It’s about being able to look your children in the eye -- and say honey, it's going to be okay, and believe it was going to be okay.
Ladies and Gentlemen, I'm here to tell you, bravery resides in the heart of Barack Obama. And time and time again, I witnessed him summon it. This man has courage in his soul, compassion in his heart, and steel in his spine. And because of all the actions he took, because of the calls he made--and because of the grit and determination of American workers -- and the unparalled bravery of our special forces--we can now proudly say -- Osama Bin Laden is dead, and General Motors is alive.
Governor Romney looks at the notion of equal pay for equal work in terms of a company’s bottom line. President Obama knows -- that making sure our daughters are paid the same as our sons for the same job must be every father’s bottom line.
We see a future where America leads not only by the example of our power, but by the power of our example.
Oh, and the whole "hinge of history" metaphor rocked me. I wish I had thought of that. Joe Biden's speech cemented my passion, dedication, and conviction. His tone was earnest but powerful, and his storytelling resonated with so many of us who saw our parents lose jobs, accumulate college debt, make tough choices, and come out on top. Biden was right when he said that Americans are looking for a hand up, not a hand out. His speech humanized the Democratic party in a folksy way that harkens back to our roots and channels our grit.
To be in the arena, surrounded by the spark of like minded voters was exhilarating. Joe Biden didn't disappoint. He ignited that spark and got us fired up.
You might say I've drunk the Kool Aid. To that I say, cheers.
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