August 27th, 2008
11:23 PM ET
6 years ago

Toobin: Biden gave the 'weakest' of major speeches

Sen. Joe Biden gets a surprise appearance from Sen. Barack Obama Wednesday night.
Sen. Joe Biden gets a surprise appearance from Sen. Barack Obama Wednesday night.

I thought Joe Biden gave the weakest of the major speeches of this convention.

Watch: 'This is our time,' says Biden

He stumbled through many of the best lines, he didn't have a clear theme, and he didn't deliver any memorable phrases or ideas.

It was a beautiful picture at the end - with the young Barack Obama and the older Biden together with their families. Beau Biden, the senator's son, gave a better introduction than his father gave a speech.

soundoff (100 Responses)
  1. go away mongers- Ventura ca

    Joe is the newest team member and I'm sure had an abundance of input- He'll be great on the stump and working with the good folks of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. I think the convention had gone well so far- tomorrow night will be HISTORIC!
    YES WE CAN!

    August 27, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  2. John, Proud Army Veteran

    Totally Disagree. I was jumping around the room when Biden was finished! He might be a little rusty since he has not been campaigning much but he took McCain to the woodshed a couple a times really well. Toobin is just another member at the Clinton News Network to try and pour cold water on a great night.

    Obama~Biden and the GOP is cryin!

    August 27, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  3. Val from MA

    Ok, since comments are closed next ticker down here we go.

    I am so excited and look forward to Republican National Convention!!! I hope it is Mitt Romney.

    McCain / Romney 08!

    August 27, 2008 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  4. chitowngal07

    Biden seems like a nice enough fellow. However, I tuned out. Nothing exciting there. I agree he is not suppossed to outshine Obama he is there for two things to add credibility to the ticket as well as experience. Something Obama is lacking in. That said I wonder why is it that the most experienced out of the ticket is added as the second in command and not the first.???? It just goes to show it is all about the packaging.

    August 27, 2008 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  5. Montana

    What would you know about the presenting of a speech? You can't even write a decent article. Doesn't school start tommorrow? Its past your bedtime.

    August 27, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  6. Steve Perzan

    I agree - but that is because Michelle Obama's speech was great! Hillary Clinton's was super! And President Clinton was terrific. Joe Biden came across as a good man. His speech was not so well crated as the others - more "common man" and reveals his humaness and sensitivity.

    August 27, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  7. Sherry, Atlanta

    SORRY JEFFERY, I DISAGREE!

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-'12

    August 27, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  8. Mary

    Can people ever just ler things be!!! do we have to analyze every minute of this thing. Biden just joined the ticket and had about 3 days to get his speech written and practiced, in addition to everything else he has to do....Monday morning quarterbacking! he will be great in debates and on the campaign trail....yikes, I am sick of the negativity!

    August 27, 2008 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  9. Jovia

    I think Biden gave the best speech he could. Lets face it, there was a lot of emotion, adrenaline, excitement going on.... it would be quite easy to fumble a little bit or sort of sway away from the theme- it could happen to anyone..and it is easier for us, the viewers- to comment, analyze and judge, but try stepping in his shoes Tobin, see if you will deliver a better speech..
    Naturally, there will be people that will like it, and some won't.
    Generally, it has been a GREAT night and yes, Biden did the best he could..

    August 27, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  10. Marc PDX

    Shoot – Biden spoke tonight? We turned it off and ate dinner after Bill spoke. Forgot about Biden. But according to this we didn't miss anything. Well, big night tomorrow over at the stadium.

    August 27, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  11. Jake

    What is with the Media trashing this speech?

    This was emotional, moving, and clear... you've got to be kidding me.
    Look down these comments, I think your viewers have spoken.

    August 27, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  12. Republican for Obama

    You must be kidding Jeff. Give unto Caesar what is Caesar's. That was the best rank and file speech for the blue collar workers. It really complemented well with Bill Clinton's.

    August 27, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  13. Ray

    Biden did EXACTLY what he needed to do! Great job Joe!

    August 27, 2008 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  14. Peggy

    Hillary and Bill hit the mark, humbly accepting their roll in this election process. I really wish that all the democrats who want a change will boycott the Republican National Convention. Don't watch TV, listen to the radio or even read the paper during this time. As democrats lets come together and make a stand. One of the greatest impacts would be to simply not partake in John McCain's rhetoric. He's too old, and too old school. Our young people know what direction the country should take and it's again time for young blood no matter the gender or the race. GO DEMOCRATS!

    August 27, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  15. Matt MC

    It's hard to top Michelle Obama...her speech was still the strongest, but have no fear, at the Republican National Convention there will be plenty of crappy speeches he can top!

    August 27, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  16. sito

    The other contenders have been going full steam for months. Joe is just getting back into the mix and needs to warm up!

    He did a great job on substance! Although sincere he did not convey the emotion.

    But then again we're not looking for a show. We need to think with our minds and not just with our hearts for this one.

    Although they'll both lead you back to OBAMA/BIDEN 08!!!!!!

    August 27, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  17. Slash Firestorm

    Excuse me, have you been drinking tonight, sir?

    August 27, 2008 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  18. Proud Democrat

    I disagree. Biden's speech was on the mark!

    August 27, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  19. Nevada

    Are you kidding me? Did you even watch the speech?

    August 27, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  20. lance

    joe reached the part of the group he was sent to reach, just like everyone else. thats the great thing about know-it alls, they only see it from their view.

    August 27, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  21. Jay

    Biden surely isn't the speechmaker that Obama is - or Bill Clinton, or hell, how about Michelle Obama?

    But this is missing the point. The job of the vice president isn't to give speeches. It's to know what's going on in the world and provide the president with backup - and Joe is one of the most knowledgeable guys around. And the job is to provide strength in areas where the president is weak, not just in strength but in personality.

    August 27, 2008 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  22. Patrick C. Tempel

    This was a perfect speech for a vice presidential Irish kid who's going to kick some Republican butt,I wouldn't mess with Biden on the street or the stage.

    August 27, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  23. Ruie -Michigan

    Biden gave a speech that confirms what he is and why he is part of the Obama change ticket. A blue-collar, hard-working, family loving straight talking guy who happens to know a lot about foreign and domestic policy.

    August 27, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  24. Adrienne

    The reason you think that ,Toobin, is because you already heard a lot of it this Sunday. i felt the same... but my husband who did not watch Bidens speech this last Sunday thought it was great tonight. Biden had to follow Bill. I mean, few can top Bill, really.
    Lets see how McCain does, my friends. creepy smile, gribbit.. blinks eyes with blank toad like gaze.. and waxy looking face... as he lies.

    August 27, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  25. James in melbourne

    Tonight I finally tuned into the convention and was glad I did. Biden's talk was very good, very real and he connects to the typical american.
    I note you and other conservative pundits all seem to downplay the impact of the speeches in contradiction to the actual impact - obviously you're laying the spin for those who didn't watch, who may just read your criticism and take your word. A shame if they do.

    August 27, 2008 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
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