Obama At Jefferson-Jackson

An exhilarating performance at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner, according to several accounts, out-classing Clinton who, in the view of Garance,

veer[ed] between a soft-spoken, almost tranquilized tone and grating crescendos that, regretably, can only be described as shrill.

Ana:

The most remarkable thing about it was that whatever she's taking for that cold, it seems to have lowered her voice and octave and slowed her speech by half. She sounded vaguely high.

Money quote from Crowley:

Barack Obama's speech at tonight's Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Iowa took him back to the roots of his stardom. Crucially, the setting was  similar to that of the 2004 Democratic national convention, where Obama's keynote speech changed his destiny: Obama appeared onstage alone, before a roaring auditorium crowd, delivering an oratorically ambitious speech. It was a far cry from the candidate debates, with their silly questions and Mike Gravels, which have diminished Obama--or his sometimes lackluster town hall meetings with voters. Instead, Obama showed off his star power again and, for me at least, refreshed the logic of his call for "change that we can believe in."

Garance adds:

[Obama] finally gave the speech his supporters have been waiting for him to give all year. If anyone comes out of this dinner with The Big Mo, it will be him.

Here's why:

Who else can do this? Know hope.

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