Obama’s speech is upbeat, he keep smiling. He really looks happy. And he should be – he didn’t make the expectations, he didn’t capture New Jersey or Massachusetts or Missouri, but he did well. His rhetoric is populist. His narrative is classic Obama.
This campaign…is different. Not because of me, but because of you.
Maybe he has been reading the blogs. Maybe he (or his staff, more probably) have heard the message – that the best argument for him is that there is a groundswell, there is a movement for change, and Obama is the person most likely to do what the people are asking. He plays on the idea that nothing will unite the Republicans like Hillary, although he says it without making the connection too obvious. On the other hand on the issue of lobbyist issue and on the issue of the war he makes the comparison with Hillary obvious.
From there, he talks about populist issues, he talks about progressive issues. When he talks about alternative energy he does it with passion. Hillary made the point, but she made it without passion.
We can do this. Again, he seems to have a subtext of standing at the head of a movement, saying “I will lead” rather than “follow me”.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time…we are the change that we seek. And he moves from Gandhi to Chavez. Yes, we can…yes, she can. And then what began as a whisper has now swelled to a chorus. He repeats the language he started with. And ends with chants of Yes, we can.
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