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Filler: Energized Barack Obama offers message of hope in acceptance speech
When President Barack Obama hit the stage in Chicago Wednesday morning to chants of “Four more years! Four more years!” you had to wonder if that even sounded appealing to him.
After four years in one of the toughest jobs on Earth and having just completed his second presidential race, you half expected to hear Obama say, “Four more years? Man. How about four weeks off, and then we’ll talk.”
Instead, he came out more energized than he has been in months, or even years, approaching his next term with a relish he had displayed only rarely during the just-completed campaign.
“For the United States of America, the best is yet to come,” he said, and listening, you believed.
“Tonight you voted for action, not politics as usual,” he intoned, and listening, you hoped.
After a campaign fought in skirmishes of sniping rather than philosophical battles, Obama was soaring, swooping, aspirational and passionate. He evoked President John F. Kennedy in reminding us of the responsibilities that come with being an American, and President Ronal Reagan, in his confidence that we would meet and exceed those expectations. He spoke of fulfilling the needs and dreams of all the nation’s people, and triumphing over all the nation’s challenges.
Perhaps, freed of the need to ever run again, Obama can keep that passion and conviction on display. Perhaps, knowing they can never unseat him, Republicans in the Congress can work with him.
And perhaps, if all this comes to pass, we can, in fact, surmount our troubles, meet our aspirations and soar once again.