Biden: U.S. needs more than McCain offers

Joe Biden declared Wednesday that America doesn't need a good soldier in the White House; it needs the wise leadership of Barack Obama. As Biden concluded his speech accepting the Democratic vice presidential nomination, Obama stepped on stage and embraced his running mate to a convention roar.

“I want everybody to now understand why I am so proud to have Joe Biden … and the whole Biden family,” Obama told the crowd. “I think he's presented himself pretty well so far; what do you think?”

The crowd cheered again.

Before he was upstaged by the boss, Biden used a single sentence to slap Republican presidential candidate John McCain and salute his military service.

“These times require more than a good soldier; they require a wise leader,” said the Delaware senator.

Biden also sniped at Vice President Dick Cheney, saying that after he takes the job, Americans trying to do the right thing and honor the Constitution “no longer will the eight most dreaded words in the English language be ‘The vice president's office is on the phone.'”

Biden said the American promise of a better tomorrow is in jeopardy, “but John McCain doesn't get it.”

“I know it, you know it … Barack Obama gets it,” he said.

“This is the time as Americans, together, we get back up,” he said. “ … These are extraordinary times. This is an extraordinary election. The American people are ready. Barack Obama is ready. This is his time. This is our time. This is America's time.”

Biden called McCain a Senate friend of three decades but the wrong man for the White House.

At one point, misspeaking, he started a sentence by referring to George – as in President Bush – and then corrected himself to say John. A Freudian slip, he quipped. It is a connection Democrats are bent on making at every opportunity.

Biden went hard against McCain and the Republicans on foreign policy. “I've been on the ground in Georgia, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, and I can tell you in no uncertain terms: This administration's policy has been an abject failure.”

In response, the McCain campaign said, “Joe Biden is right: We need more than a good soldier, we need a leader with the experience and judgment to serve as commander in chief from Day One. That leader is John McCain.”