The nation’s first black president has a secret weapon when it comes to turning out black and Latino votes: An old white guy.
Vice President Biden, for the second time in three days, delivered a stemwinder in front of a group of minority voters that had the crowd eating it up. On Tuesday, it was his keynote address to the National Council of La Raza in Las Vegas, and on Thursday it was his speech in front of the NAACP convention in Houston.
Biden’s rapport with the NAACP crowd was evident from the outset Thursday. He began things by noting that he was a lifetime member of the group, was once the “only white guy on the east side,” and giving a shout-out to an NAACP official he affectionately called “Mouse.”
From there, he pivoted between talking about the successful mission to kill Osama bin Laden, Republican obstructionism, Obama’s health-care law and Republican efforts on Voter ID.
By the end of the speech, Biden could feel the moment.