As expected, Joe Biden gallantly stepped onto the Oscars stage to introduce his “friend,” Lady Gaga, during Sunday evening’s ceremony. This joint appearance was conceived after Gaga signed on to perform “Til It Happens to You” from the Hunting Ground documentary, which zeroed in the prevalence of college-campus rape. Gaga delivered a powerful rendition of the song that produced many misty-eyed folks. However, it was Biden’s introduction that set the stage perfectly.
Although Biden prefaced his comments with a self-deprecating statement — “I’m the least qualified man here tonight” — he soon struck a serious note. No, he did not announce his presidential candidacy, but Biden did urge the audience to visit ItsOnUs.org and take the pledge launched by the Obama administration. Biden also spoke directly towards all women who have suffered from sexual assault: