Barack Obama's DNC Speech: Finding a Leader in Biden

As we focus in on Barack Obama’s speech at the DNC, he took a score of 3.37 on the duality factor scale. Much of this was developed with a heavy focus on Biden’s abilities and as vice president. American Progress As the first African American president, Obama has long been focused on progress in terms of equal rights, and this showed in his speech this past week. He drew upon the successes of the civil rights movement as he mentioned leaders like the late John Lewis. He noted the contrasts of what the country looked like only decades ago as the day Obama was born, Lewis “was marching into a jail cell, trying to end Jim Crow segregation in the South.” This echoing of the past was the backdrop for his support of the democratic nominee, Biden. What makes this an important part of the speech is that he connects youth with youth, generation with generation. As he notes the landscape of American’s, he sees one in which many are beginning to lose faith in democracy. And with that, he discouraged this way of thinking, for if “anyone had the right to believe that this democracy did not work, it was those Americans.” Those who worked in “firetraps and sweatshops,” “farmers losing their dreams to dust,” various ethnic groups being “told to go back where they came from,” and religious follows “made to feel suspect for the way they worshiped.” As he tries to garner this motivation within American voters, he finalizes his point by saying that “those who benefit from keeping things the way they are – they are counting on your cynicism.” Biden’s Track Record: A Plan with Values To focus his speech on Joe Biden, Obama calls back on the many points on his eight-year presidential relationship with him. He noted the presidential hopefuls “resilience, born of too much struggle; [and] his empathy born of too much grief.” Drawing on Joe’s values, Obama also hints at his painful past. A past where he lost his daughter and wife and worked with a 4-hour commute while fathering his sons. Obama works to speak on Biden’s accomplishments in more than just personal values, as he notes what Joe has done in the political arena as well. In a time where the coronavirus has become a controversial topic, he brings up Biden’s part in managing H1N1 and preventing an Ebola outbreak. As this becomes a close relative to public health and economic vitality, he also speaks about the Affordable Care Act, and the Recovery Act – both managed and worked on by Biden. With his experience, values, and story, Obama paints a picture where Biden is the rightful choice for the presidency. Withering Democracy As he concludes the speech, Obama puts weight on those who were listening to his message. Voting for Biden will “give our democracy a new meaning,” “make it a better place,” and is what our success as a nation depends on. In his view, continuing a path of a Trump presidency is “how a democracy withers.” In this reality, it is where “our worst impulses [are] unleashed,” under a president who shows no interest in “finding common ground,” “helping anyone but himself,” and treating the presidency as anything but one more reality show.”

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