Obama’s delivery tonight was not exceptional but the 2,100 crowd at a localDes Moines high school was enthusiastic and was determined to pull him through. When Obama finished his speech, they rose to their feet as one.
The speech was light on policy but heavy on hope, telling the young crowd “this is our moment” and that change can happen “if you believe”. He ran through American history explaining why hope was what had driven change from the revolution to the civil rights movement; Obama’s race makes the passage far more potent than it otherwise would be.
If body language is anything to go by, the Obama campaign—candidate and aides alike—feel very good about their chances. Certainly, the fact that the Obama team’s last rally drew twice as many people as Clinton’s event in the same town has to be seen as encouraging for them.