The Washington Post

Inside Joe Biden’s speech at the Democratic National Convention: Transcript and analysis

Vice President Joe Biden addresses the 2012 Democratic National Convention on September 6, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Jonathan Newton/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Vice President Joe Biden may have been ridiculed on Twitter for his frequent and incorrect use of the word “literally” throughout his speech. (It appears to have been an oratorical crutch—in a search of his prepared remarks, it does not show up once.) Journalists riffed on its misuse. Drinking games were born.

But beyond this verbal tick, how did Biden do at his task of showing us what it’s like to work beside Barack Obama? How well did he paint an inside view of the kind of leader the president has been? What kind of insight did he offer about leadership from the behind the closed doors of the White House?

Some, but I’d say not enough. Biden had a unique opportunity to offer detailed anecdotes of the president’s leadership as only he’s seen it. He gave us a few, and the speech was effective and impassioned — but I was left wanting more. Here, I take a look inside Biden’s prepared remarks.

(Scroll through the full text of his remarks, and click on the yellow highlighting to read my notes.)

How effective did you think Joe Biden’s speech was? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

More from On Leadership:

Inside Bill Clinton’s speech

Inside Michelle Obama’s speech

Like On Leadership? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter:

@post_lead | @jenamcgregor | @lily_cunningham

Jena McGregor writes a daily column analyzing leadership in the news for the Washington Post’s On Leadership section.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Video curated for you.