The long awaited day FINALLY (and I stress on the finally) arrived as Obama officially (and personally) revealed his Vice President candidate: Joe Biden from Delaware.
We definitely didn’t first hear the news from his campaign.. even though I did get the news from a text message – but I got it from CNN.
I am not sure what to think of Biden as the V.P. candidate yet, so I definitely have to read up on him before I make an impression. From the looks of it from their first joint rally earlier this afternoon, Biden’s enthusiasm definitely matches that of Obama’s.
Apparently Biden found out on Thursday that he was picked to be the V.P, so the secret was held for… not even 24 hours.
Anyhow, here are some excerpts from today’s rally:
Barack Obama formally announcing Joe Biden as his running mate:
“I’ve searched for a leader to finish this journey alongside me, and to join in me in making Washington work for the American people. I searched for a leader who understands the rising costs confronting working people, and who will always put their dreams first,” Obama said. “A leader who sees clearly the challenges facing America in a changing world, with our security and standing set back by eight years of a failed foreign policy. A leader who shares my vision of an open government that calls all citizens – Democrats, Republicans and Independents – to a common purpose. Above all, I searched for a leader who is ready to step in and be President.”
“Today, I have come back to Springfield to tell you that I’ve found that leader – a man with a distinguished record and a fundamental decency – Joe Biden. “
“President Lincoln once instructed us to be sure to put your feet in the right place and then stand firm,” said Biden, a native of Scranton, Pennsylvania, whose working-class roots and foreign policy experience Democrats hope will help Obama. “Today in Springfield I know my feet are in the right place and I’m proud to stand firm with the next president of the United States of America, Barack Obama.”
Biden taking a shot at McCain’s house gaffe (and a good one, I might add):
Ladies and gentlemen, your kitchen table is like mine. You sit there at night before you put the kids — after you put the kids to bed and you talk, you talk about what you need. You talk about how much you are worried about being able to pay the bills. Well, ladies and gentlemen, that’s not a worry John McCain has to worry about. It’s a pretty hard experience. He’ll have to figure out which of the seven kitchen tables to sit at.