Vice President Joe Biden walked onto the Democratic National Convention [DNC] stage and back into the hearts of the delegates and all those watching from distances further away. After a moving montage reminding people of who he is and where he came from, he began.
The delegates jumped to their feet to welcome this Joe back into their lives. Americans have walked through the last seven-and-a-half years with him, as he stood by President Obama’s side through victories and tragedies, dilemmas and joys.
Just this past year, Vice President Biden had to make the tortured decision against running for president, a life-long dream. But he said no, his family was too racked with grief from the loss of Bo Biden, his eldest son. Joe Biden has had more than his share of grief, also losing his young wife and Bo’s sister in a tragic car accident.
On Day 3 of the DNC, the vice president’s speech will be recorded as one of his best, given on the eve of his departure. Amid thundering cheers, he spoke, repeating “Thank you. I love you.”
The following is an excerpt from the Vice President’s speech:
‘Ladies and gentlemen, eight years ago, I stood on the stage in Denver, And I accepted your nomination to be Vice President of the United States. And every single day since then, it has been the honor of our lives for Jill [Biden] and me, every day we have been grateful for Barack and Michelle.’
‘We not only have worked together…we have become friends. We are now family. You have all seen over the last eight years what President Obama means to this country. He is the embodiment of honor, resolve, and character. One of the finest presidents we have ever had…’
‘This is a man of character. He has become a brother to Jill and me. And Michelle…I was talking to Barack today. It is no longer he who will give the best speech, we know who did that. You were incredible Monday night…Barack and I married way up.’
‘I’ve been made strong at the broken places by my love with Jill, by my heart and son, Hunter, and the love of my life, my Ashley…we talk about, we think about the countless thousands of other people who suffered so much more than we have, with so much less support, So much less reason to go on. But they get up every morning, every day. They put one foot in front of the other, they keep going. That is the unbreakable spirit of the people of America. That is who we are…Don’t forget it.’
‘I’ve known Hillary for well over 30 years…and during her years as secretary of state, once a week we had breakfast in my home, the vice president’s residence. Everybody knows she is smart. Everyone knows she is tough. But I know what she is passionate about. I know Hillary. Hillary understands, Hillary gets it.’
‘…if you live in the neighborhoods like the ones Jill and I grew up in, if you worry about your job and getting a decent pay, if you worry about your children’s education, if you are taking care of an elderly parent, then there is only one person…in this race who will be there, who has always been there for you, and that is Hillary Clinton’s life story. Not just who she is… And so has Tim Kaine.’
‘…that is not Donald Trump’s story… his cynicism is, undoubtedly his lack of empathy and compassion, can be summed up in that phrase he is most proud of making famous, “you’re fired.” I’m not joking. Think about that…Give me a break. That is a bunch of malarkey.’
‘Folks, let me say something that has nothing to do with politics… something that I’m deadly serious about. This is a complicated and uncertain world we live in. The threats are too great…the times are too uncertain to elect Donald Trump…Let me finish, no major party nominee in the history of the nation has ever known less or been less prepared to deal with our national security.’
‘We cannot elect a man who exploits our fears of ISIS and other terrorists, who has no plan whatsoever to make a safer world. A man who embraces the tactics of our enemies, torture, religious intolerance…’
‘Not only do we have the largest economy in the world, we have the strongest economy in the world…We have the most productive workers in the world. And given a fair chance, Americans have never, ever, ever, ever, ever let the country down. Ordinary people like us, who do extraordinary things…We do not scare easily. We never bow, we never break, when confronted with crisis. We endure! We overcome and we always move forward…’
‘I am more optimistic about our chances today than when I was elected as a 29-year-old kid to the Senate. The 21st century is going to be the American century. Because we lead not only by example of our power, but by the power of our example…we own the finish line — Don’t forget it!’
‘God bless you all and God protect our troops!’
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