I just watched Barack Obama accept the Democratic nomination with a friend from the Illinois Senator’s party. He agreed with my evaluation that the normally eloquent speaker was not “as smooth” as he normally is, but asked that I add that his style tonight “in now way detracted from” his support for his party’s nominee.
Obama seemed angry and almost never smiled. This speech lacked the cadences of a typical Obama speech. Of his addresses that I have seen, this was one of the worst. He seemed at times to rush it, sticking on some words while eating others.
UPDATE: Just scanning the commentary at the Corner. I’m not the only one who thought he sounded angry. Mark Hemingway writes, “There’s a fine line between indignant and angry, and Obama is swerving back and forth all over it.” And like me, Kathleen Parker is “missing the soaring rhetoric.”
More later, off to dinner with that good and kind Democrat. But, well, I don’t think of him as a Democrat, but as a friend.
UP-UPDATE: If Obama’s campaign is trusting in the power of the candidate’s oratory, he didn’t deliver tonight.
UP-UP-UPDATE: As I was preparing to leave for dinner, I did catch Juan Williams’ commentary on Fox and pretty much agree with him. The speech was more “prose than poetry.” It lacked catch phrases, no memorable lines. It as a “laundry list” which was not quite satisfying. He didn’t play to the emotion of the crowd.
I would add that Obama’s boilerplate about change and a new kind of politics was just that, boilerplate. Sounded tired. We’d heard that so many times before. Kind of ironic, I guess, about the line about a new kind of politics sounding old. And a discourse on change sounding very much the same.