In case you missed it, watch the victory speeches from Donald Trump (winner in the Republican primary in South Carolina) and Hillary Clinton (winner of the Nevada Democratic Presidential Caucus.)
Musical Muse: “Ain’t 2 Proud 2 Beg
May I share a Wednesday Word with you?
More to the point, I’d like to share some words of advice: Don’t beg for pity applause. Never, ever implore your audience to applaud for you, on command, at any point during a speech or a presentation.
At times, we may have desired a certain response or result so badly that we resort to begging. We’re only human, so I won’t judge–unless you’re begging your audience to applaud for you.
Which is exactly what I just watched Jeb Bush do at a New Hampshire town hall event earlier today. (Hat tip to Steve Benen at The MaddowBlog.)
Vice President Joe Biden announced his decision this afternoon. Watch it starting at the 7:28 mark.
Courtesy Washington Post
It was a strong statement about what led to his decision. Biden also underscored the achievements of the Obama Administration. But I have to say that I felt a bit wistful for the Vice President when he said,
Mr. President, thank you for lending me the Rose Garden for a minute.
I feel privileged that this public servant serves as our Vice President.