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It’s official: Obama and Biden

from Radio Netherlands Worldwide

by  Reinout van Wagtendonk

Barack Obama is officially the Democratic Party’s candidate for the US presidency. On the third day of the Democratic convention in Denver his defeated rival, Hillary Clinton, submitted a motion to elect Obama the winner by acclamation, and in his speech her husband Bill Clinton expressed his unconditional support for Obama. Later in the day, Joe Biden was officially elected as Barack Obama’s running mate for the vice-presidency.

Bill Clinton salutes the crowdA roll call like this, coming forward state by state to vote for the presidential candidate, is largely just a tradition. The result is known in advance. This time too Barack Obama had for months been the unofficial Democratic candidate. But the long and bitter battle with Hillary Clinton for that nomination had left wounds. That’s why the tradition had to take a dramatic turn. Orchestrated drama, of course, since it had been negotiated in advance and arranged precisely so it could be shown live in the half-hour around mealtime when the big three TV networks have their evening news.

Acclamation
Hillary Clinton interrupted the voting ritual with a motion calling for Obama to be elected by acclamation as a united party’s candidate to face the final battle against John McCain:

“I move Senator Barack Obama of Illinois be selected of this Convention by acclamation as the nominee of the Democratic Party for President of the United States.”

With a rapid blow of her gavel, convention chairwoman Nancy Pelosi ensured that whatever opposition remained would not be heard. The convention now belonged to Barack Obama. Most of Hillary’s supporters resigned themselves to the situation.

Ovation for Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton showed no trace of disappointment or resentment whatever. The former president’s speech was received by the Democrats with a lengthy ovation. Until recently Clinton seemed inclined to undermine Obama’s campaign. But on Wednesday evening he said he was convinced that Obama has what it takes to be the leader of the United States:

“My fellow democrats, I say to you, Barack Obama is ready to lead America and to restore American leadership in the world.”Clinton referred to his own presidential campaign in 1992, when the Republicans tried to write him off as an inexperienced lightweight, just as they are doing with Obama today. Clinton didn’t do too badly, as he modestly pointed out. So that should work again in 2008. The speech was the perfect launching pad for vice-presidential candidate Joe Biden and for Barack Obama’s acceptance speech which will round off the convention on Thursday evening.

Obama appears briefly
Obama appeared briefly in the convention hall on Wednesday night, following Joe Biden’s speech. He explained that he would be holding his speech in a huge stadium, before an audience of 80.000 people, because they are the people who will help him to bring about change in America:

“Change is brought about because ordinary people do extraordinary things, and so we want to open up this Convention to make sure that everybody who wants to come can join in the party and join in the effort to take America back.”

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On the Merits of Joe Biden

From the comment block at ObamaBiden08.org:

Yes Joe Biden has foreign policy experience, more simply by years of
service on the Foreign relations Committee and his long stint as
Chairman then almost any other living Democrat. And his plan to get us
out of Iraq is probably our last best chance of bringing our troops
home safe without leaving chaos behind. Is that enough for Obama to
choose him as his VP? Maybe, maybe not. So what are his other
accomplishments, experiences and talents that make him a great choice
for Obama? First, as he proved during the Democratic primaries he is a
master debater and would wipe the floor (as he did with many of his
democratic opponents) with anyone John McCain is even remotely
considering. remember, the only time the VP Nominee ever really takes
center stage in a general election is when his/ her name is announced,
next at the convention for their speech and finally in the one or two
VP debates. Second he is known as the third Senator from PA. He was
born and raised in Scranton and
Delaware’s media market is Philadelphia. More people in southeastern
PA know who Joe Biden is then most of their own elected officials. At
least that’s what Gov. Ed Rendell is saying to anyone who will listen.
Third, he is Irish Catholic and has gray hair. In other words he
appeals to that illusive white working/ middle class voter. These are
his roots and he speaks the language. Fourth, before Joe Biden took
over as Chairman of the Foreign relations Committee he was the longest
serving Chairman of the Senate Judiciary in the history of the Senate.
At a time when Dick Cheney has been dismantling our civil liberties it
would be nice to have a VP that actually knows what the Constitution
says (he has taught Constitutional law for almos 20 years). It is from
that experience that he broke with most of his Democratic colleagues
and voted against John Roberts who is now proving to be the most
conservative Justice on the bench. In fact he was a co-sponsor and
helped write the first
FISA Law in 1978 that President Bush has been hell bent on dismantling
over the past six years. Finally, he is a true family man. As much as
he seems a fixture in Washington, Joe Biden has never actually lived in
Washington. He has taken the train home to his family in Wilmington
every night for over 35 years . He knows how Washington works but has
not been infected by it’s inner workings. Obviously I think he is a
great pick warts and all. Oh, as for women: Joe Biden is the author of
the seminal Violence Against Women Act and is viewed as one of the
greatest champions of women’s issues in the country (ask Ellie Smeal).

originally posted at obamabiden08.org on 6/7/08 by Rob

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