What's Your Reaction to Barack Obama's Speech?
Aside from the seemingly obvious fact that my baby girl Charlie is pretty darn cute (so boasts the proud father), Barack Obama delivered in a major way tonight. History by its nature happens every day, but tonight was meaningful and special, and Obama not only lived up to the lofty expectations, but generally speaking exceeded them.
He has been accused of being big on hype, short on details. Aside from the fact that he has more explicit policy stated out in virtually every important topic than John McCain - by a long shot - Obama laid out clear, concrete plans for his Presidency. People worried that he'd play nice, like John Kerry (who ripped it up on Wednesday) did against George Bush. And he managed to both keep it civil, and yet clearly take some pointed jabs back at McCain. He brought up the silly 'celebrity' ads, and the remarks that McCain has made about Obama's patriotism, and made McCain look silly and petty. But he did it with class.
I was actually a little worried that he'd miss the mark and not get the massive reaction that he has in some of his prior speeches. But the crowd seemed to eat it up, as have virtually all the pundits I've read. (Apparently, even PAT BUCHANAN has said it's the best convention speech he's ever seen. Yes, that Pat Buchanan.)
The fact that this took place on the 45th anniversary of the March on Washington was played at just the right measures, and Obama really only talked about it in one stretch that was simply fantastic. He acknowledged the history that helped him be where he was tonight, and where he hopefully will be come November.
All I know is, it continues to make me happy to support Obama for President. And that's a shockingly good feeling.