One prominent commentator, David Gergen, described the speech as "a political masterpiece." Another, Rebecca Sinderbrand, described it as "the August equivalent of the Super Bowl -- a massive event that sucked up most of the media oxygen, complete with fireworks, a capacity crowd, and celebrity acts that would have been at home at any halftime show."
Not coincidentally delivered on the 45th anniversary of Martin Luther King's historic "I have a dream" speech, Obama's acceptance speech risked comparisons with the MLK speech, which was clearly of a different genre. The fear that it might not measure up (even though he was not supposed to try too hard), or that he had to be seen to bring his as close to the level of the "dream" as possible (even though his must, of necessity, be "workmanlike"), became a part of the drama and suspense of this eventful and, in the end, awesome week. Opponents and supporters, both, anticipated a delivery that was at once different and the same! Opponents hoped, of course, that somehow (despite past performances) there would be failure this time -- a failure to meet lofty expectations. Many supporters, on the other hand, feared a turn of fortune that they dared not speak -- a "less than satisfactory" verdict by media pundits. But they hoped for the best -- which, it is clear now, is what they got.
I think it was a great speech, a different speech -- a speech for the ages. It was a great moment. We will look back on it for years. And we will continue to wonder how he was able to deliver a nearly flawless, six sigma, speech for that long.
I saw tears in the field, among the delegates. But there had been a tear here and there throughout the convention. People shed tears for different reasons, but it is the same tears they shed.
Obama looked and sounded very presidential -- and as combative as a President ought to publicly be when dealing with forces that cause his followers ire.
I don't see what McCain and the Republicans can do to deny him the Presidency now, with elements of his party having closed ranks with as much finality and finesse as we witnessed -- and as is possible in such symbolic and public rituals of common purpose and comradeship.