Obama's strategy this past month is a variant of the "rope-a-dope" strategy in boxing, where you let the opponent throw his best punches, exhaust himself on the offensive, and then unleash a barrage of your own.
After the Clintons passed the torch, the proceedings turned squeamishly militaristic. Republicans want to bully the world and have since World War ll. As fallen knight John Edwards said, America must find something to be patriotic about other than war.
While the networks yuk it up with sitcoms and teen libido, the message they're sending the American public is that the most important political gatherings of the last four years don't merit the nation's full attention.