If President Obama is serious about not letting the biggest mistake of his first term become the biggest mistake of his presidency, then he should consider the possibility that the communication strategy that got him into office doesn't work very well for him in office.
For most people, civility translates to quieter, measured and (one hopes) thoughtful discussion (vs. the raised voices and uncomfortable feelings we associated with what we've come to think of as uncivil behavior).
Even if this election ends in a victory for the president, it's worth examining whether embracing our biases (and re-enforcing them by surrounding ourselves with people and media that confirm them) is ultimately good for us as individuals, party loyalists or citizens of the nation.
But you know what else I noticed? President Obama uses the word "folks" extremely often, maybe too often. He used the word "folks" 17 times in total. Romney used it three times; moderator Candy Crawley used it five.
Mitt Romney can't say we're all in this together because all of his policy prescriptions are about doing it alone. This is what turns on the liberal base, but it's also a positive message to swing voters looking for hope again.
The speech is a brisk, affecting affair. There are big cheers when Obama talks about nuclear disarmament and dealing with climate change, but the crowd's response to "defeating terror" is noticeably muted.
We're seven weeks from the biggest speech in a generation by any figure in American politics. If you can be there in person, go. Take your children. It's an event you'll remember the rest of your lives.