Three Themes from Biden’s Acceptance Speech
Joe Biden’s acceptance speech at the 2020 Democratic National Convention was memorable. In a mostly empty room, he spoke about dark versus light and tried hard to connect with the average American.
Biden’s 25-minute long speech covered a broad range of topics. But the three themes that shone through strongest were caution, unity, and identity.
Theme 1: A Trump victory would be dangerous
Biden cautioned his audience against allowing Trump to win a second term.
“If this president is reelected, we know what will happen,” he said. “Cases and deaths will remain far too high. More mom and pop businesses will close their doors for good.” He went on to suggest the growth of income disparity and the assault on the Affordable Care Act as additional dangers of a second Trump term.
As the pandemic rages on and the job market remains bleak, Biden’s cautionary remarks carry weight for millions of concerned Americans.
Theme 2: Biden will be an American president
A lifelong Democrat, Biden noted early in his speech that he’ll be a president for all Americans, not just his own party.
One of his most memorable quotes made his desire to be a unifying leader clear. “While I will be a Democratic candidate, I will be an American president. I will work as hard for those who didn’t support me as I will for those who did.”
Biden’s emphasis on unity and bipartisan leadership was woven throughout his speech. For many, it was a breath of fresh air and a welcome departure from Trump’s partisan rhetoric.
Theme 3: Biden can identify with the average American
Biden has experienced more than his fair share of loss and grief. After losing his first wife and two of his children, many Americans who have experienced pain can identify with him. In his speech, he recounted those difficult experiences to connect with his audience, displaying his human side and authenticity.