“So it’s with great honor and humility,
I accept this nomination for president of the United
States of America.”
“This week, we saw a very fractured Democratic Party
come together — putting aside a lot
of ideological differences — and make clear
that they are unified in their goal of taking on
and defeating Donald Trump.”
“This election is about preserving our democracy.”
“Because that’s what’s at stake right now.”
“You, me and Joe.”
“The convention closed with a pretty fired-up speech
from Joe Biden.
The Democratic nominee was trying, really
at every turn, to extend a hand to not
only Democratic voters, but also to independent voters
and to Republican voters who may feel disaffected with
President Trump’s leadership.”
“I’ll work hard for those who didn’t support me,
as hard for them as I did for those who did vote for me.
That’s the job of a president.”
“Joe Biden hit on a number of key themes
in his speech on Thursday.
One of them was this idea that he could lead the nation out
of a very dark, very polarized time, a moment when
the country is struggling with a pandemic,
with an economic crisis, with unrest
over racial injustice.”
“The current president has cloaked America in darkness
for much too long —
too much anger, too much fear, too much division.
I’ll be an ally of the light, not the darkness.”
“So on the campaign trail, Joe Biden
was not always the smoothest speaker.
But perhaps his greatest strength as a campaigner —
and this has long been the case —
was his ability to connect with voters one on one,
especially voters who are suffering
or voters who are dealing with grief.”
“I have some idea how it feels to lose someone you love.
I know that deep black hole that opens up
in the middle of your chest and you
feel like you’re being sucked into it.
I know how mean and cruel and unfair life
can be sometimes.”
“Joe Biden didn’t say this directly,
but implicit in that message was the part of a broader
argument that he and his allies
have long been pushing, that perhaps the greatest
distinction between Joe Biden and Donald Trump
comes down to the matter of character.”
“I found the best way through pain and loss
and grief is to find purpose.
We have a great purpose as a nation.”
“Joe Biden has faced questions about whether he
has the grit and the determination
and the energy to wage a really vigorous fall campaign.
So headed into Thursday night, something
that some of his allies were a little worried about was,
how can he deliver a powerful, electrifying speech
when he is not going to have an audience in there to cheer
“Let us begin, you and I together,
one nation under God, united in our love for America,
united in our love for each other.”
“But when Joe Biden took the podium,
he did everything that he could
to suggest that he does have the fight in him to take
on President Trump.”
“May history be able to say that the end
of this chapter of American darkness
began here, tonight.”
“Meanwhile outside, there were
more of those supporters who had gathered in a scene
that I can compare to a drive-in movie situation.
It was a pretty surreal event, unusual certainly,
and in fact extraordinary to see a presidential nominee
accept their nomination in that way
under these circumstances.
But it really played to the broader Democratic argument
that they are the party that can be trusted
to lead the country forward amid a pandemic,
to defer to the science as they make their decisions
instead of, as they would put it, to the politics.
The Democrats head into the general election
pleased by Joe Biden’s lead over Donald Trump in a lot
of polls, but also very aware —
because 2016 is never too far from their minds —
that a poll lead right now does certainly
not guarantee anything in November.
Depending on what the restrictions look like
and just how much the Democrats may
need to continue following the virtual campaign route,
it is possible that those restrictions
could make it more difficult to promote
an affirmative clear case for their vision of where they
want to take the country.”
Singing: “O say can you see, by the dawn’s —”
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