Obama's speech wasn't as soaring as his 2004 masterpiece famous for preaching middle ground and political cooperation. His speech wasn't like the 2008 "Hope and Change" speech. It was the speech of a sitting President with a rousing ending.
Along the way, it was an honest speech. President Obama talked about the disappointment that sometimes the pace of things isn't as fast as you would like it to be. He quoted Lincoln, "And while I'm proud of what we've achieved together, I'm far more mindful of my own failings, knowing exactly what Lincoln meant when he said, 'I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go.'"
President Obama finished the speech with a rousing ending, "Yes, our path is harder - but it leads to a better place. Yes our road is longer - but we travel it together. We don't turn back. We leave no one behind. We pull each other up. We draw strength from our victories, and we learn from our mistakes, but we keep our eyes fixed on that distant horizon, knowing that Providence is with us, and that we are surely blessed to be citizens of the greatest nation on Earth."
That sums up where we're headed, and it provided a great exclamation point on a speech that mostly looked ahead and not behind. That mostly looked at what we can do together and not what we can do alone. This was a well-delivered and well-crafted speech that now launches this campaign down the road.
The Democrats pulled off a great convention. If there is no bump out of this convention, then there's no such thing as a post-convention bump. We have two months to go. Now, it's time to close the deal here in September and October.
Tonight's other major speeches were by Vice President Joe Biden and 2004 nominee John Kerry. Kerry's speech took on Mitt Romney on foreign policy. He was excellent. Biden gave a workman-like speech.