Biden's Speech At Syracuse
I guess his putdown of the Obama dog is getting the attention, but it's a crazy, wild, zany speech
with so many highlights it's tough to pick only a few:
Let me say congratulations to all my fellow recipients of honorary degrees today. You all deserve it.
Talking about his graduation in 1968:
That was the world I entered when I walked across the stage to receive my law degree. That was the history that up to that point had been written for us, not by us. But in spite of it all, as I walked across this stage like you, I never doubted for one instant that we could change that history. That we could rewrite the outcome we were careening toward.
And we did. Five years later I sat in a room across from President Ford and Dr. Henry Kissinger, along with my colleagues on the Foreign Relations Committee, demanded that the war end and it did within a matter of weeks after that.
It would have to be six years later, at least, as Nixon didn't resign until August 1974. And the idea that Joe Biden ended the war... well, it's certainly the first time I've heard that argument.
In it, there was a line that's more applicable, in my view, to today than it was to his Ireland in 1916. He said "The world has changed. It has changed utterly. A terrible beauty has been born." Well, it’s clear things have changed utterly in the last 12 to 15 years. A terrible beauty has been born. It's a different world out there.
But we have an opportunity to make it truly beautiful because we're at an inflection point. Absent our input and leadership, the world will continue to careen in the direction the momentum is now taking. That folks, is an inflection point. Do nothing, or take history into our own hands, and bend it to the service of a better day.