Obama's speech through the eyes of the media
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"Those who came to the Invesco Field on Thursday witnessed something they are unlikely ever to forget. Barack Obama gave an electrifying speech that silences—for the moment at least—doubts in the Democratic party that they have backed the right candidate. He commanded this vast sports stadium with calm authority, there were no false notes, and the attention of his audience never wavered."
The rest of the evening, they say, didn't stand up calling the warm-ups a "dreary succession of second-rate speakers." As for the backdrop?
"Who in the world thought that the Greek temple stage-set was right? If the designer’s brief had been ”low-budget hubris”, it worked; by any other standard it was a calamity. With the Republicans calling Mr Obama a vapid celebrity, this was outright self-parody."
It was a homerun
USA Today said the speech and the convention were a success.
"Obama's 43-minute speech was the capstone of a convention that seems to have succeeded on two critical fronts: stitching together a Democratic convention that had been split in two nearly even factions by the primaries and giving Obama a bit of a bump after several weeks when his race against McCain seemed stalled."
No, it was more like a double
Toby Harnden, over at RealClearPolitics, gave the speech a thumbs-up but wasn't so high on the convention
"It was a fine speech. Beautifully crafted phrases that inspired, though they perhaps did not inform, floated high above the Doric columns on the stage at Invesco Field. At the same time, Barack Obama, his feet on the ground, delivered the meat and potatoes, reciting a checklist of the concerns of ordinary Americans who are hurting.
"There wasn't a coherent message from the convention. Mark Warner's keynote was a bust - Paul Begala's reminder that this wasn't the Richmond Chamber of Commerce just about summed it up. McCain and Bush were hardly talked about during the first two days. It did genuinely feel like a surprise when Obama made his surprise appearance at the close of day three because before then so little of the proceedings had been about him."
The other "O"
"I thought the speech was transcendent," she said. That's "what I thought. I thought the speech made us all feel we can do better, be better, walk taller, be higher. I just have never experienced anything like that.'' And she said "ANYTHING" as if it was all capitalized.