But a few things have happened that are worth noting. One is that the high expectations of Obama's election were bound to run into the realities of Washington--the sluggish Senate, the culture of lobbying, the practicalities of problems as diverse as Guantanamo Bay to bailing out GM. That was inevitable, of course, and Obama supporters knew in their hearts it wouldn't be easy.
Something else happened, too. Somewhere along the way the inspirational language of the campaign got lost. There's a lot less hope in Obama's speeches than there once was. Some speeches still soar. That health care address did pretty well at putting him on the right footing. But his rhetoric and tone seems less moving and galvinizing than it once did. Am I wrong in feeling like something's missing? Let me know.
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