Obama's acceptance speech has capped a dramatic and emotional week of bringing the Democratic party together, and making a strong case for his candidacy. The tone tonight was very effective, focusing on the specific ways that "change" will make people better off and more secure, both economically and in terms of national security. The tenor and body language was strong and appealing. His values are those shared by most people, and he is connecting with people, not only in the stadium, but anyone listening. It is much different than many of the stump speeches I have heard, and I think much stronger, and more effective, particularly for this phase of the campaign.
His challenge to McCain to stop the questioning of candidates patriotism was well delivered. His discussions of gay rights, immigration, and other social issues are eloquent, and show his gifts to move the country to a higher standard of justice and fairness.
The bit that the election is not about him, but about us, is a theme often missing from the Obama campaign, but is said well tonight, with lots of specifics to sell the point. The emphasis is not on his personal story, but on the challenges the country faces, and how his election has change our lives. He has presented a powerful image of someone who is ready to be our president. It was substance, and it was leadership. And it really worked.
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