ABC News’ Matthew Jaffe Reports: Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., kicked off the last full week of the presidential campaign with a history lesson for students and supporters at East Carolina University, describing how past presidents had faced — and overcome — similar attacks to those currently being leveled at Sen. Barack Obama. D-Ill..
“Let me share a little bit of history with you,” the Democratic vice-presidential nominee began on the campus quad in Greenville, NC. “The defenders of the status quo, the defenders of the status quo, have always tried to tear down those who would change our nation for the better.”
“They said Thomas Jefferson wasn’t a real Christian, that was the essence of the campaign against him. Well, does that sound familiar?” Biden asked the crowd of 1500. “Ladies and gentlemen, they said Abraham Lincoln, they said he wanted to take away individual rights. Ladies and gentlemen, they said Franklin Roosevelt would destroy the American system of life. Sound familiar? And ladies and gentlemen, they said that John F. Kennedy was, quote, ‘a dangerous choice in difficult times.’ That’s what they said, they said John F. Kennedy was a dangerous choice in difficult times. Sound familiar?”
“Well, ladies and gentlemen, new ideas and new leaders are often met with new attacks and almost always negative attacks built on lies which are the last resort of those who have nothing new to offer,” noted Biden. “And that’s where we find ourselves.”
Biden said that Obama would follow this long line of past presidents in overcoming the lies and attacks to lead the country to “a better day.”
“Great presidents have always turned dire circumstances into real opportunities,” Biden pointed out. “In a turbulent economy, Barack Obama has demonstrated a steady hand. In a dangerous world, Barack Obama has demonstrated sound judgment. To a nation desperate for a better day, he offers new ideas, new leadership and real hope, ladies and gentlemen!”
Biden’s Monday morning Carolina rally continued his recent emphasis on the Tar Heel state, following three events last Thursday in Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and Raleigh. With Election Day looming just over a week away, Biden bellowed that Obama will be a "great president."
"Look, our problems, our problems are too big and for too long our politics has been too small. Barack Obama knows that we need to bring people together. Remind them, remind them of what we’ve overcome in the past and appeal to their better angels," Biden stated. "He knows that’s the way to unite America. Ladies and gentlemen, it may sound corny on a college campus to say it but it’s real, we are one nation under God, we are indivisible! We are all Americans, all of us! And ladies and gentlemen, that’s why I believe Barack Obama will be a great president of the United States of America!"