Previewing Joe Biden's commencement address to Air Force Academy grads

The morning after loading up on barbecue at M&D's Cafe following a town hall meeting at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science (and inadvertently causing Jerri Thiel's car to be towed), Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver a commencement address to graduates at the Air Force Academy. What will he say? Probably a variation on the talk he delivered at Syracuse University earlier this month. In the excerpt from that address on view above, he runs down a litany of horrors, including two wars and a miserable economy -- just the sort of things likely to make young people start fondling the cutlery. But then he declares that these troubles present opportunities for the latest generation to figuratively take the wheel of this country and steer it in a new direction. Drop in a few cockpit references, and Voilà! -- a speech perfect for a service academy.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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