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Criteria for Success

August 28th, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

I can’t agree more with these words from Joe Biden’s acceptance speech last night:
“You know, folks, my dad used to have an expression. He’d say, “A father knows he’s a success when he turns and looks at his son or daughter and know that they turned out better than he did.” I’m a success; I’m a hell of a success.
Beau, I love you. I’m so proud of you. I’m so proud of the son you’ve become; I’m so proud of the father you are.
And I’m also so proud of my son, Hunter, and my daughter, Ashley.”
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  1. dionc9
    August 28th, 2008 at 11:46 | #1

    Joe talking about his mom was touching…
    “When I was not as well-dressed as the other kids, she’d look at me and say, “Joey, oh, you’re so handsome, honey, you’re so handsome.
    And when I got — when I got knocked down by guys bigger than me — and this is the God’s truth — she sent me back out and said, “Bloody their nose so you can walk down the street the next day.” And that’s what I did.”

  2. nohesitation
    August 28th, 2008 at 11:52 | #2

    Thanks dionc9 – I really loved this line too – brought tears to my eyes:
    “That’s how you come to believe to the very core of your being that work is more than a paycheck. It’s dignity. It’s respect.
    It’s about whether or not you can look your child in the eye and say, “We’re going to be all right.”

  3. dionc9
    August 28th, 2008 at 13:46 | #3

    Last night before bed, my 6 year old daughter told me she couldn’t wait until she was 18 years old. I first thought it was because she wanted to be able to drive a car. Then I thought it was because she was looking forward to going to college. It turns out she wanted to be able to vote for Obama.

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