A reader sends in the opening paragraph of Ron Fournier’s AP account/prewritten article on Obama’s speech:
Barack Obama is giving America the audacity to hope again. After describing the U.S. economy in the grimmest of terms for weeks, a rhetorical device that helped propel his $787 billion stimulus plan through Congress, the president used a joint address to Congress to tap the deep well of American optimism — the never-say-die national spirit that every president tries to capture. And great presidents embody. “We will rebuild. We will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before,” Obama says in an address echoing Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.
Can you feel it? Can you feel that Obama gave you the audacity to hope again? Do you remember who took it away from you? Geithner, Blagojevich, Daschle and Burris, maybe?
If you don’t feel it, it’s just because he hasn’t given the speech yet, that’s all.