10:24 p.m. Capt. Beau Biden, Delaware's AG and a man off to Iraq in October, introduces his father, portraying the longtime senator as a regular guy "who turns down some fancy cocktail party in Washington so he won't miss my daughter Natalie's birthday." He tells the tragic story, how at age 4 he was in an accident that killed his mom and infant sister. He tells of his dad's Scranton upbringing, the terrible stutter that made kids tease him with the name "Dash," how he found his voice and called Slobodan Milosevic a war criminal to his face.
10:30 p.m. To a schlocky "Pink Houses" (Ain't That America) the vice presidential nominee takes the stage, thanks family, including wife, the only one who leaves him "breathless and speechless at the same time."
10: 33 p.m. Accepts nomination. Gets off a line about his alleged long-windedness. Tells another.
10:35 p.m. Back to his family and way he was brought up. Shows mom. Tells how when he stuttered, mom said Joey, "it's because you're so bright you can't get the words out fast enough." Also, mom told him when he gets knocked down, bloody a nose so the next walk is easier. Foreshadowing the direction of this speech?
10:38 p.m. Yes. "I've never witnessed a time when Washington has watched so many people get knocked down and not done anything to help them back up."
Freudian slip? -- the same one John Kerry made earlier. Refers to John McCain as "George."
This whole speech is a hushed oration to a huge hall, so far. It's as if he's got a lock on your elbow on the Metroliner. And we've got a while before we pull into the station.
10:42 p.m. John McCain is my friend ... I mean it. ... But I profoundly, I profoundly disagree with the direction he wants to take this country from Afghanistan to Iraq, from Amtrak to veterans. John thinks during the Bush years we've made great economic progress. I think it's been abysmal."
The voice rises. The hands start bookending imaginary french breads. The pulse speeds. He details McCain's voting record.
A chant emerges ...... "That's not change. That's more of the same."
10:46 p.m. He jabs another talking point at his old friend: "These times require more than a good soldier. They require a wise leader."
"These times require more than a good soldier. They require a wise leader."
10:49 p.m. Taking on Republican charges that Obama is not ready for prime time, he compares their views on Afghanistan. Three years ago, he says, McCain says Afghanistan isn't a problem because it's not in the news. Obama says the U.S. needs to send over two more battalions. And Afghanistan, he says, is now a mess. "John McCain was wrong and Barack Obama was right. Again, and again and again. On them most important national security issues of our time."
10:50 p.m. The wind up. There's talk of firefighters, teachers. Then: "Millions of Americans have been knocked down. This is the time we as Americans get back up. Back up together. ... I am ready. Barack is ready. This is his time. This is our time. God bless America. And may God protect our troops."
What did you think? A new energy policy: windbags? Or a sly pitch by a master?
But, before we check on that Phillies score, looks like we've got a special guest, Biden's wife announces. A pause. Who? Joe asks.
Obama is in the house. The groom shows the day before the big day.
Just wants to say a little something. Thanks the many who have come through for him on that stage. Invites everyone to the party tomorrow night at the stadium. Wondering what song they're gonna play as the credits roll.
A little Sam Cooke?
Earlier: Bill Clinton Stands By His Man