The tender words didn't last long, though. Biden quickly launched into his prepared speech, a full-throated defense of President Barack Obama and a sharp critique of Republican rival Mitt Romney.
— Julie Pace — Twitter http://twitter.com/jpaceDC
Sen. John Kerry was way looser — and more full of quips — in his Democratic National Convention speech than he ever was when running for president himself.
Taking several sharp prods at Republican nominee Mitt Romney, the Massachusetts senator and 2004 Democratic candidate quipped that for Romney, "an overseas trip is what you call it when you trip all over yourself overseas,"
Romney's trip to Europe was marked by several gaffes, including his questioning of whether Britain was ready for the London Olympics.
"It wasn't a goodwill mission," Kerry quipped. "It was a blooper reel."
Kerry famously took the podium and gave an exaggerated salute as he accepted the party's nomination in 2004. He lost to President George W. Bush, who won re-election.
— Sally Buzbee
President Barack Obama and Republican running mate Paul Ryan are just two regular guys — with plenty of famous friends.
Obama's celebrity buddies were taking the stage at his convention, while Ryan was mingling with high-dollar donors at a Beverly Hills, Calif., fundraiser Thursday night.
Actresses Scarlett Johansson, Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington each had speaking roles at the Democratic Party's convention in Charlotte. "Mad Men" actor Jon Hamm and his girlfriend, actress-writer-director Jennifer Westfeldt, were also spotted in the crowd.
— Julie Pace — http://twitter.com/jpaceDC
"We're on a mission to move this nation forward — from doubt and downturn to promise and prosperity." — Vice President Joe Biden, accepting the nomination for a second term.
DEAD? NO MATTER
Even death doesn't keep political heroes away from party conventions.
Ronald Reagan, Edward M. Kennedy and Geraldine Ferraro — they've all made video appearances at either the Democratic or Republican conventions. Their images — captured in the years of their political glory — rekindle warm memories and stir political passions. The videos are part of the toolkit that both parties use to rouse their supporters and encourage voters to get to the polls.
It turns out that dead villains have a place at the convention, too. Terror leader Osama bin Laden, for instance. He's been mentioned numerous times at the Democratic convention to show that President Barack Obama is tough on terrorists and national security. His image even flashed briefly during a video about his killing.
Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, turning the tables on a Republican criticism of Obama, drew cheers Thursday by suggesting that the now-dead bin Laden be asked if he's better off now than he was four years ago.
— Terence Hunt — Twitter http://twitter.com/terence942
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