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Friday, September 21, 2012

Three Moving Excerpts - VP Joe Biden Was Most Watched During Both National Political Conventions

Vice-President Joe Biden in Muscatine, Iowa:
This picture shows why Vice-President Joe was the most watched!  His speech said it all, "...we have no intention of downsizing the American Dream!"

"Nielsen finished compiling ratings from all the networks that carried the conventions, and the Daily News reports that Joe Biden came out on top, with 14.7 percent of the 289.7 million U.S. homes with televisions tuning in. Barack Obama came in second with 13.7 percent, followed by Mitt Romney (12.5 percent), Bill Clinton (10.9 percent), and Marco Rubio (10.4 percent). Poor Ann Romney ranked tenth, with only 7.7 percent of TV viewers catching her enthralling tale about that time she and Mitt subsisted on canned tuna."

My op-ed - I liked Biden's sometimes daunting DNC speech because he spoke to the heart of all Americans by providing two take-away indisputable points, emphasized, like a rote teacher, over and over again:

1.  ....never quit on America:  
"You see, we, most Americans have incredible faith in the decency and hard work of the American people, and we know what has made this country. It's the American people. As I mentioned at the outset, four years ago we were hit hard. You saw -- you saw
your retirement accounts drained, the equity in your homes
vanish, jobs lost or on the line. But what did you do as
Americans? What you've always done. You didn't lose faith, you
fought back. You didn't give up, you got up. You're the ones.
The American people -- you're the reason why we are still better
positioned than any country in the world to lead the 21st
century. You'd never quit on America, and you deserve a
president who will never quit on you."

2. ...we won't forget our Veterans:
"A future where we fulfill the only truly sacred obligation
we have as a nation -- the only truly sacred obligation we have
is to prepare those who we send to war and care for them when
they come home from war. And tonight -- tonight I want to
acknowledge -- I want to acknowledge as we should every night
the incredible debt we owe to the family of those 6,473 fallen
angels, and those 49,746 wounded. Thousands critically.
Thousands who will need our help for the rest of their lives.
Folks, we never -- we must never ever forget their sacrifice,
and always keep them in our care and in our prayers.
My fellow Americans, we now -- we now find ourselves at the
hinge of history. And the direction we turn is not
figuratively, is literally in your hands. It has been a truly
great honor to serve you and to serve with Barack who has always
stood up with you for the past four years."

3. ....Republicans want to dismantle the American Dream...
"My fellow Americans, America is coming back, and we're not
going back. And we have no intention of downsizing the American

My take away from Biden's speech, which I watched in total, was all of the above.
Biden reinforced what First Lady Michelle Obama and President Bill Clinton said before him, drove it home like an anvil on a construction project. He spoke from his heart and soul. Americans obviously heard him. 

 Now, we must vote for the re-election of President Barack Obama!

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