Aside from the group of protestors standing outside with signs, people did not seem disappointed after Biden’s intense and inspirational speech.
When the intro music started, audience members gradually clapped along, eventually yelling, "Go, Joe!"
During the high points of his speech, people rose from their seats to clap and cheer with escalating enthusiasm.
Erika Baker, a freshman at Northwest Missouri State University, has watched Biden’s speeches on television, but never in person.
"I really, really enjoyed it," Baker said. "I think that Joe Biden is a great speaker."
This was the first time Baker has been to a political rally.
"I thought it was a whole new experience to be that close; I was right on the aisle – two rows back," Baker said. "I shook his hand and everything afterwards, so it was exciting."
Nathan Bowman, also a student at Northwest, was amazed by Biden’s tone.
"My basic thoughts were that Senator Biden did a terrific job getting people going," Bowman said. "You could tell he was very passionate."
Bowman believes Biden really projected towards the climax of his speech.
Heather Fields, a Western student, actually got a picture taken with Obama’s vice presidential candidate.
"I was more excited than I expected to be," Fields said.
Janie Bland, who traveled from Spickard, MO, has been campaigning for Barack Obama, and thoroughly enjoyed the speech as well.
"That was a wonderful speech and he really spoke to the middle class people," Bland said.
The opinion of Western student Andrew Trautmon, who is a Republican, differed slightly. He is not a huge fan of Obama or McCain.
"I went in with an independent mind," Trautmon said. "Really, I’m not leaning with either one."
Trautmon was not as impressed with Biden’s speech as others were."I was a little bit upset with Biden… the first part of his speech seemed like an attack against McCain," Trautmon said.
If you sneezed at the event featuring Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, a dozen well-trained eyes sharply focused on you. Biden was well protected when he delivered his campaign speech to a crowd of approximately 1,200 people on Oct. 9, in the M.O. Looney Complex. Security was in full force as local law enforcement officers teamed up with Secret Service agents to ensure the safety of the senator and everyone in attendance.
Such security is necessary—and standard—at all public events that feature a presidential or vice presidential candidate, especially this election year. This is an historic election with Barack Obama being the first black candidate for the office of U.S. President.
Secret Service officers were visible near Biden and around the complex, while others were invisible as they mixed in with the crowd.
Around 20 SJPD officers, including the Special Response Team (SRT), four commissioned MWSU police officers and 11 Police Academy cadets were on the team along with an undisclosed number of Secret Service agents. Also on the team was a German shepherd that sniffed purses and backpacks as they entered the building. A metal detecting wand was in use at the entrance as well.
Biden’s entourage while in St. Joseph included one unidentified officer from the SJPD and an unidentified local highway patrol officer.
According to Capt. Jeff Wilson the SJPD and the secret service worked together for a week before the event."The Secret Service gave us ample notice to prepare," Wilson said.
"They notified us last week and invited us to a planning meeting."
With the number of officers needed, some worked on their day off. SJPD officer Scott Vanover didn’t mind working.
"It’s my day off," Vanover said. " I’m working for overtime."
The event offered a good opportunity for Police Academy cadets to see national security agents at work. Cadet Chase Pollard believed in the need for security and the need for the event.
"It’s essential for Americans to speak their minds," Pollard said. "It’s important for both sides to be heard."Despite the fact that Biden was late, the entire event occurred with no security incidents. When the crowd was clearing after the conclusion, one of the officers, who would not give his name, said the day "went very well."