WISCONSINREPORT.COM (08/28/08) - Former President Bill Clinton, 2004 Democratic Presidential Candidate John Kerry, and 2008 Vice Presidential Candidate Joe Biden, all say that Barack Obama is Ready to be President. President Bill Clinton trumpeted the idea that when he first ran for the White House job, Republicans then campaigned against him with the idea that he had no experience and was not ready, and, now they are trying to use that tactic against Obama. President Clinton said they were wrong then, and they are wrong now. More on yesterdays (Thursday, August 27th, 2008) speakers at the convention.
U.S. Senator John Kerry took to the stage last night before President Bill Clinton with a fiery speech laying out what is at stake in the election. Kerry’s hard-hitting speech left no doubt that he is a strong surrogate for Barack Obama and Joe Biden in this election.
Senator Kerry told the audience at the Pepsi Center in Denver Colorado that one of the Democrats' missions is to restore America's influence and position in the world.
Kerry said Democrats must use all the weapons in our arsenal, above all, our values.
Senator John Kerry told the delegates the call for change that Illinois U.S. Senator Barack Obama is telling people about is important for the furture of the United States.
Massachusets U.S. Senator Kerry says its not just that the United States needs change in the White House, the change in the mix of Democrats and Republicans in Congress is needed more than ever before in order to make things right again.
Senator John Kerry says, with more seats in Congress, with more people, with more passion engaged in politics, and with a President Barack Obama, Democrats will stand on the brink of the greatest opportunity of our generation to move this country forward.
After President Bill Clinton enthusiasticly endorsed Barack Obama for President, New Hampshire U.S. Senator Joe Biden officially accepted the Vice Presidential nomination of the Democratic Party delegates made earlier in the proceedings at the convention.
"Since I've never been called a man of few words, let me say this as simply as I can: Yes. Yes, I accept your nomination to run and serve with Barack Obama, the next President of the United States of America," Senator Biden said.
Joe Biden came onto the stage after a moving introduction by his son Beau, who is an Attorney General. With his family in the audience, including his mom who taught him that "you are defined by your sense of honor, and you are redeemed by your loyalty," he gave a rousing acceptance speech.
Joe told America about his childhood, about being picked on while he was young because of the stutter he had at the time, about his father teaching him to always get up after you've been knocked down, and about the promise that if you work hard, you can succeed in the world. And he spoke about how that promise is slipping away for many Americans.
Fortunately, Joe told the audience, in Barack Obama, the Democrats have a candidate in Barack Obama who can and will restore the American Dream for people across the country.
"You know, you can learn a lot about a man campaigning with him, debating him, seeing how he reacts under pressure," Biden said.
"You learn about the strength of his mind, but even more importantly, you learn about the quality of his heart," Biden continued.
"I watched how Barack touched people, how he inspired them, and I realized he had tapped into the oldest belief in America: We don't have to accept a situation we cannot bear. We have the power to change it. And change itis exactly what Barack Obama will do," Biden said.
"Our greatest presidents, from Abraham Lincoln to Franklin Roosevelt to John Kennedy, they all challenged us to embrace change. Now, it's our responsibility to meet that challenge," Biden said.
"Millions of Americans have been knocked down. And this is the time as Americans, together, we get back up. Back up together. Our debt to our parents and grandparents is too great, our obligation to our children is too sacred," Biden pointed out.
"These are extraordinary times. This is an extraordinary election," Biden explained.
"The American people are ready. I'm ready. Barack is ready," the Democrats 2008 Vice Presidential candidate said.
"This is his time. This is our time. This is America's time," Biden said.