I must admit that really didn’t expect much because Mitt does not have a reputation as a great orator. I was surprised and impressed.
The speech was low on policy specifics but touched all the bases. It was well written and well delivered. Mitt came across as warm and caring. His humor was a little awkward but he’s not running to replace Jon Stewart.
There were several memorable passages:
But for too many Americans, these good days are harder to come by. How many days have you woken up feeling that something really special was happening in America?
Many of you felt that way on Election Day four years ago. Hope and change had a powerful appeal. But tonight I’d ask a simple question: If you felt that excitement when you voted for Barack Obama, shouldn’t you feel that way now that he’s President Obama? You know there’s something wrong with the kind of job he’s done as president when the best feeling you had was the day you voted for him.
Is it any wonder that someone who attacks success has led the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression? In America, we celebrate success, we don’t apologize for it.
This president can ask us to be patient.
This president can tell us it was someone else’s fault.
This president can tell us that the next four years he’ll get it right.
But this president cannot tell us that you are better off today than when he took office.
America has been patient. Americans have supported this president in good faith.
But today, the time has come to turn the page.
President Obama promised to begin to slow the rise of the oceans and heal the planet. My promise…is to help you and your family.
Overall grade: A
(Full transcript here.)