Saturday, August 23, 2008

Obama: Just Biden His Time To The Presidency

First of all, let's just get it out of the way right here and now. Way back in the fall of 1987, when running for the Democratic Party's endorsement for the Presidency, Biden's speechwriters and staff failed to cite or credit British Labour leader Neil Kinnock for the following except:

"Why is it that Joe Biden is the first in his family ever to go a university? Why is it that my wife... is the first in her family to ever go to college? Is it because our fathers and mothers were not bright? ...Is it because they didn't work hard? My ancestors who worked in the coal mines of northeast Pennsylvania and would come after 12 hours and play football for four hours? It's because they didn't have a platform on which to stand."

Approximately five months earlier, at a Welsh Labour Party conference in May 1987, Mr. Kinnock had given a speech wherein he said:

"Why am I the first Kinnock in a thousand generations to be able to get to university? Was it because our predecessors were thick? Does anybody really think that they didn't get what we had because they didn't have the talent or the strength or the endurance or the commitment? Of course not. It was because there was no platform upon which they could stand"

There it is all out in the open and now hopefully we can focus on real issues like an economy in shambles thanks to supply side "voodoo" economics of Reagan, the Bushes and now McCain. I look forward to the Vice Presidential debates between Biden and either Romney or Pawlenty, neither of which can carry Joe Biden's water when it comes to foreign policy experience not to mention Biden's many decades on the judiciary committee. Biden's judiciary committee experience will come in handy when digging out of the mess that Bush and Alberto Gonzales made out of the Justice Department and the fiasco that is Guantanamo, extraordinary rendition, and military tribunals.

All in all this was a sound decision by Obama and bodes well for us a nation should we be intelligent enough to elect this first rate team to get our country back on track.

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