Posted by Brad @ 6:17 pm on August 23rd 2008

In Case You Missed It…

Here is Barack Obama’s speech today in introducing Joe Biden as his running mate. I strongly suggest you read it; it’s very very good.

And, immediately following (rush transcript), Biden is pounding McCain.

A very good and powerful mix, both in terms of rhetorical and tonal styles.


  1. Hadn’t even gotten to Sully yet.

    The biggest emerging problem with the Obama campaign is Obama’s reluctance, lack of talent and lack of will to get into lively, feisty, pissing matches with his opponent. This was brought home in the Saddleback forum. What he needs is a plucky, fun, free-wheeling attack machine, with the necessary gravitas to express adequate contempt for the Bush administration’s fatally misguided foreign policy without in any way seeming defensive.

    Comment by Brad — 8/23/2008 @ 6:27 pm

  2. Nice transcript.

    So let me introduce you to the next Vice President of the United States of America…

    And the part that CNN, and now the NYT, and every Obama boot-licker (Brad) omits?


    Imagine if McCain did the same.

    Minor glitch? Petty? Maybe, but Freud wasn’t all wrong.

    Comment by James — 8/23/2008 @ 7:54 pm

  3. I an going to be nice and not mention Biden referring to Mr. Obama as “Barack America” in his speech. That sort of thing is beneath me.

    Comment by James — 8/23/2008 @ 8:25 pm

  4. If McCain did the same, he would get some Talking Points Memo youtube referencing glibly, and that would be it.

    McCain made a campaign video about Obama’s flub there.

    It was mildly embarrassing, but really, who cares? And what’s Freudian about it? Think Obama secretly means for Biden to be President?

    Come on, a little critical thinking here.

    Comment by Brad — 8/23/2008 @ 8:27 pm

  5. No, I think Obama has acquiesced to reality. Of course Obama doesn’t mean for Biden to be president, but his slip of the tongue is telling to those that don’t sleep with a photo of Obama under their pillow. Nope, Obama doesn’t mean for Biden to be president, but I think Biden means for Biden to be president. A little critical thinking here. Mmmkay?

    Comment by James — 8/23/2008 @ 8:38 pm

  6. One last thought before I go do some stuff that matters, Brad. Why do you think CNN, NYT, et al omitted that gaff? Editorial integrity?

    Comment by James — 8/23/2008 @ 8:53 pm

  7. Because they were posting the prepared speech and not a transcript?

    Right there at the top of the page James:

    Following are the remarks of Senator Barack Obama announcing his selection of a vice-presidential running mate, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., as prepared for delivery in Springfield, Ill..

    Critical thinking indeed.

    Comment by Brad — 8/23/2008 @ 9:10 pm

  8. As for CNN, you might notice that the clip ends at 1:55. They don’t show Biden getting on stage, shaking hands, and all of them mugging for the camera either. They rebroadcast the original live, then just Obama’s introduction, and Biden’s remarks. Within the hour, they cut both down to about 30 seconds. Soon it’ll be 10 or so. Go check CSpan if you want raw feed.

    Of course, why chalk it up to common sense when “Vast Left Wing Media Conspiracy” works just as well?

    Comment by Brad — 8/23/2008 @ 9:14 pm

  9. Heh. I hope Obama doesn’t abuse you. You will never testify against him.

    Comment by James — 8/23/2008 @ 9:56 pm

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