By Al Giordano
John Kerry, from the podium in Denver, at a convention four years after that at which he introduced Barack Obama to the nation:
No one can question Barack Obama's patriotism. Like all of us, he was taught what it means to be an American by his family: his grandmother who worked on a bomber assembly line in World War II, his grandfather who marched in Patton's army, and his great uncle who enlisted in the army right out of high school at the height of the war. And on a spring day in 1945, he helped liberate one of the concentration camps at Buchenwald.
Ladies and gentlemen, Barack Obama's uncle is here with us tonight. Please join me in saluting this American hero, Charlie Payne. Charlie, your nephew, Barack Obama, will end this politics of distortion and division. He will be a president who seeks not to perfect the lies of Swift boating, but to end them once and for all.
This election is a chance for America to tell the merchants of fear and division: you don't decide who loves this country; you don't decide who is a patriot; you don't decide whose service counts and whose doesn't.
Four years ago I said, and I say it again tonight, that the flag doesn't belong to any ideology. It doesn't belong to any political party. It is an enduring symbol of our nation, and it belongs to all the American people. After all, patriotism is not love of power or some cheap trick to win votes; patriotism is love of country.
Continued live blogging of the convention...
Update 8:20 p.m. Mountain Time: Joe Biden nominated as vice presidential candidate by acclamation. And, now, a video to fill out his bio...
8:53 p.m.: When Biden stopped speaking seven minutes before the top of the hour (and the 11 o'clock news in the East), I thought, "something else is going to happen...."
8:58 p.m.: Ever the organizer, Obama has just succeeded at uniting - at least on a tactical level - a party that has been infighting for years. And he previewed that tomorrow something different will be happening than people have seen from a party convention: the opening of the doors, and the putting of a multitude to work, at once, toward a gargantuan national task. America, you just got lucky.