President Obama had a much more difficult task this second time around. The soaring 2008 rhetoric of hope and change was a dim memory, as was the shiny newness of a man with a short national political profile making history as the first African American to be a major partys presidential nominee.
But on Thursday night, with a preachers flair and a patriots zeal, Obama reminded supporters why they voted for him. With a speech that radiated passion, he showed again a power to inspire and motivate. He touted the promises hes kept cutting taxes for the middle-class, health care reform, ending the war in Iraq and continued the Democrats resonating theme that his policies were superior to the other guys.
And he reminded listeners of what he said when he won the presidency: The road ahead will be long. Our climb will be steep. We may not get there in one year or even in one term. The choice, he said Thursday, is between two different paths for America. He made an effective case for choosing his.