Courtesy of HuffPo:
Draft Biden, a super PAC encouraging Vice President Joe Biden to run for president, released its first advertisement on Wednesday.
The 90-second ad, “My Redemption,” first released on the Internet, uses Biden’s own words from his commencement address at Yale this year to describe how the tragic loss of his wife and infant daughter in a 1972 car accident made him a better parent and a stronger person. Biden’s sons, Beau and Hunter, survived the fatal accident, which occurred just a few weeks after Biden’s election to his first term in the Senate.
“The incredible bond I have with my children is the gift I’m not sure I would have had, had I not been through what I went through,” Biden intones, as we see images of his Senate swearing-in by his sons’ side in the hospital. “But by focusing on my sons I found my redemption.”
The ad then shows images of Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer in late May at age 46.
Okay let me just admit up front that his ad bothers me.
Now it took me a bit to really understand what about it was bothering me, but now I think I know.
It's the fact that the ad seems to use the numerous tragedies in Joe Biden's life to sell him as a potential Commander-in-Chief.
That, to me, is not something which convinces me of a person's leadership abilities.
What's more it seems like an attempt to tap into the viewers emotions and elicit sympathy for Biden, which I assume is supposed to then translate into warm feelings about him as a person.
Well I have warm feelings about Joe Biden as a person, but this ad actually makes me suspicious that those feelings, which have a lot to do with Biden's authenticity and the recent passing of his son, are being manipulated for potential political gain.
And I can tell you that if true, my feelings will go from warm and fuzzy to extreme dislike in a matter of seconds.
I recognize that this is a SuperPAC, and not affiliated directly with Biden, but it might serve him well to make sure that point is understood by the public at large if he is actually considering throwing his hat into the ring.