The Nation, By John Nichols, September 6
Joe Biden, a Democrat who does not “tolerate” or “have regard for” labor unions but actually believes in them, delivered the single most powerful speech by of the top Democrats who showed up for this week’s Labor Day rallies, parades and picnics.
The vice president did it not just with rhetoric but with a genuine call to action for workers in Ohio, where he happened to be speaking, and across the country.
What distinguished Biden’s speech from the others by prominent partisans was that there was nothing timid about it. This was a rip-roaring populist pronouncement.
Biden got it. He took a side. No apologies. No soft messaging.
This was a pro-labor message from a pro-labor vice president.
[At this writing, no White House transcript was found for this speech].
Obama Labor Day Speech Praises Union Concessions
Naked Capitalism, September 6
Philip Pilkington pointed to this Real News Network video as a companion piece to our post on how executives in the coated paper industry have strip-mined their own companies.
If you had any doubts as to who Obama sees as his real constituency, this should settle it.
REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT AT AFL-CIO LABOR DAY PICNIC, Cincinnati, OH
Remarks by the President at Detroit Labor Day Event, Detroit, MI