Pass the barf bag.
(Politico) — The killing of Osama bin Laden and Paul Ryan’s budget plan have voters taking “a second look” at President Barack Obama heading into 2012, Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday night in New Hampshire.
“The American people now … have a crystal clear picture of how strong and decisive this president is. And that’s the last piece of the puzzle that had to be put in place for this great man,” Biden said at a party fundraising event in Nashua. “The American people will no longer confuse being contemplative with being a coward.”
That will have a wider effect on how voters think about some of Obama’s initially unpopular decisions, the vice president predicted.
“People are now beginning to take a second look at those incredibly difficult but absolutely necessary decisions the president had to make the day we walked into the West Wing,” Biden said.
Democrats have tried to frame Obama’s “gutsy call” to go forward with the Abbottabad raid as an argument for his reelection. In polls conducted in the days after the killing, his overall approval rating spiked, even as Americans gave some of their lowest marks on his handling of the economy.
Update: This is the speech that just keeps on giving.
NASHUA – Vice President Joe Biden, a two-time veteran of the New Hampshire primary, has seen the seasons change before in the Granite State. And he knows it’s ready to happen again, he told a gathering of state Democrats on Wednesday at the Radisson Hotel Nashua.
. . . “You can feel the change,” Biden noted, speaking before a crowd that included Gov. John Lynch, as well as former congressmen Paul Hodes and Carol Shea-Porter, among other party leaders who lost their seats during last year’s elections.
“The American people get it, and they’re getting it more profoundly than ever before,” he said, his voice hushed to a dramatic whisper. “We have a leader with the backbone of a ramrod, and now the real Barack Obama … is coming into focus.”