No, no, no -- I'm not talking about the case for health-care reform he made in the East Room on Wednesday afternoon, although I thought that was strong and not one minute too soon (more like, six months too late). I mean instead the resounding way he ended the speech, Skip ahead to approximately time 19:20 in this official White House clip to share the joy:
Not to spoil the surprise, but he manages to get off the stage with words other than... "God Bless America!" (For why this was the right way to go, see here and here.) Know hope.
And, apart from the ending, the speech is good too.
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James Fallows is a staff writer for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. He and his wife, Deborah Fallows, are the authors of the new book Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey Into the Heart of America, which has been a New York Times best seller and is the basis of a forthcoming HBO documentary.