Joe Biden spoke this morning at the University of Delaware his alma mater. UD is where he met Jill. He was also here when he first learned of the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 and JFK’s assassination in ’63. I flinched when Joe spoke of exactly where he was when on November 22, he heard that JFK had been shot. So did others in the crowd.
The parallels between 1960 and 2008 are too real, and so perhaps drawing this comparison was deliberate, not so much to recall how the New frontier ended, but rather, how and why it began. UD held the grounds of Joe Biden’s formative experience, and during his time here, the early to mid 1960s, JFK was clearly Biden’s role model. Thus the poignancy behind today’s speech: the location and timing in the waning days of the campaign as the country stands on the precipice of a new era.
Joe told the crowd of mostly young people that Barack Obama reminds him of JFK, the man who inspired him to get into politics, and that JFK was his Barack Obama. A pretty cool thing to hear 4 days before the election.