A 'Perfect Speech for a Skeptical Nation'

Klein: Obama shows off his pragmatic side in Denver
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2008 9:49 AM CDT
Barack Obama, D-Ill., gives his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama delivered "the perfect speech for a skeptical nation," writes Joe Klein in Time. Absent was Obama’s typical lofty oratory; in its place was a speech that was “lean, efficient, practical and very, very tough.” Obama’s goal was to prove that he was a pragmatist, not a dreamer, willing to take the fight to John McCain.

The speech's impact could be blunted by McCain's VP announcement today, Klein notes, but may win Obama a closer look from some doubters. "He stood there not as an orator, but as a plausible chief executive. His message was as tight as a power-point presentation, but far more elegant. And tough—above all, tough: not an egghead, not Adlai Stevenson. No, tonight Barack Obama was a politician from the south side of Chicago, ready for the brawl of his life."