Joe Biden: Obama ‘has always stood up for you’
By Aamer Madhani Gannett News Service September 6, 2012 1:38PM
CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 06: Democratic vice presidential candidate, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks on stage during the final day of the Democratic National Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena on September 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The DNC, which concludes today, nominated U.S. President Barack Obama as the Democratic presidential candidate. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Updated: September 6, 2012 11:10PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Vice President Joe Biden offered a stout defense of President Obama’s tenure in the White House on Thursday, using his address to the Democratic National Convention to hail his boss for steering the country out of the worst economic crisis in generations and making the case for a second term.
Through more than 3½ years in office, Biden has served as the president’s head cheerleader and hammer -- boasting of Obama’s accomplishments while eviscerating the White House’s GOP opponents who he said put partisan concerns ahead of country.
He did both again Thursday, saying Obama “has always stood up for you.”
The White House and Biden’s advocates have said the vice president has played the role of a trusted adviser and advocate. Obama entrusted Biden -- a former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during his years on Capitol Hill -- with overseeing the end of the Iraq War and as his lead emissary to Republican lawmakers.
But now as Obama and Biden fight tooth-and-nail with Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, the president is increasingly relying on Biden to serve as his attack dog on the trail.
“I found it fascinating last week when governor Romney said, that as president, he’d take a jobs tour,” Biden said. “Well, with all his support for outsourcing, it’s going to have to be a foreign trip.”
Biden focused his remarks on trumpeting the president for having a steady hand in tough situations and contrasting Obama’s style with Romney’s.
In making the case for giving Obama a second term, Biden said he wanted to take Americans inside the White House, so they could understand how the president operates. With that in mind, the vice president spent much of his speech focusing on Obama’s conduct during two difficult decisions during his presidency -- ordering a risky raid to kill Osama bin Laden and making the controversial decision to back the U.S. auto industry.
With the bin Laden raid, Biden recalled sitting with Obama and other top advisers in the Situation Room and mulling ordering the raid on what they believed was bin Laden’s compound.
Biden recalled one of the final meetings before the raid in which one of his top military commander’s looked Obama in the eye and told him his troops could pull off the operation.
“I knew at that moment Barack had made his decision,” Biden said. “His response was decisive. He said, ‘Do it.’ And justice was done.”
Biden also recalled how in the first days in office, General Motors and Chrysler were on the verge of collapsing. Many lawmakers, experts and White House aides and advisers said it was too risky to step in. Obama bucked his advisers, and his decision to bailout the U.S. automobile industry helped save more than a million jobs, Biden said. He also noted that Romney opposed the move.
“Conviction. Resolve. Barack Obama,” Biden said. “That’s what saved the American automobile industry.”
Biden, along with his wife, Jill Biden, will travel with Obama and first lady Michelle Obama today to New Hampshire and Iowa.