"Acceptance speech"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Nov 12 02:17:10 UTC 2008

Two questions from another political junkie who can't let go (see

Every commentator has referred to President-Elect Obama's election
night speech, after it was clear he would receive a majority of the
Electoral College votes, as his "acceptance speech".  But he wasn't
offered anything Tuesday night, unlike his acceptance speech at the
Democratic Party convention.

Shouldn't a President-Elect's acceptance speech come only after the
Electoral College has "met" and voted, Congress has certified the
results, and the current Vice President offered him the
presidency?  (I will enjoy reading about Cheney naming Obama
president, if he chooses to preside over the joint session of Congress.)


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