I would have love this speech even if only for the delivery. There was a look in PBO’s eyes that I did not see for a while. But it was there today. Gladly, I don’t need to settle only fr the delivery, because this was just a good speech. Not his greatest ever, but his best in a long time. He laid down the clear difference between the visions, he was aggressive, unapologetic (finally), there were no hesitations, he was sharp and clear, yet stayed presidential – And above all, it was raining truth, facts, numbers, honesty and vision/optimism. Coming right after Romney’s doom and gloom lying piece of crap speech to 100 white men – The contrast could not be more clear. More of this please.
Oh, he kicked the media in the butt, which can explain Jonathan Alter’s sad face. Obviously we didn’t see the same speech. But Andrew Sullivan did see it:
My bottom line? A home run. Simply constructed, carefully reframed, aggressive while positive: the Obamaites have been listening to critics and are responding. If this is his message, and if he is able to keep articulating it this clearly, he will win. And in my view, the experience of the last thorty years is that he should win. If I have to choose between a governing philosophy espoused by Bill Clinton or one espoused by George W. Bush, it’s a no-brainer. And I can’t stand Bill Clinton.