Some other thoughts I had last night, in no particular order:
1.) Hillary Clinton looked great. Relaxed, happy, and content. She honestly looked ten years younger than she did during the campaign, and I am not one to reflexively compliment Hillary (how does that work for the understatement of the decade). Also, there was a very intimate look between her and Obama as he approached the stage. There was something about the nonverbals there that seemed to suggest Obama really trusts her. Watch it for yourself.
2.) Also while you watch it, notice the cameraman with the shiny black hair following Obama- watch how he just blends in. When you watch the feed, you notice Obama greeting everyone and you notice everyone around him, and only if you pay attention, you will see the cameraman. He is that good at blending in- he looks like a mouse darting around. I thought that was interesting.
3.) Jim Jones is a man. I imagine being called into the Commandant’s office must have been terrifying. I bet he can kill you with his bare hands, but would never need to, because his stare would kill you first.
4.) I am still a sucker for a uniform. Just love the Joint Chiefs standing up there in their dress uniforms. Blah blah blah, I’m an authoritarian, blah blah blah. If you had any idea how much work it is to make their uniforms look that good, you would understand.
5.) The speech was an obvious home run. The polling data is through the roof.
6.) Is it just me, or were the pundits on every channel (except MSNBC, where the gushing was spoofable) playing it pretty straight and true last night?
7.) I have decided that anyone who decries the lack of specifics in a speech like this is someone who just wants to bitch about something but has nothing to complain about. There are never any specifics in speeches like this. Ever. What kind of rousing oratory would it be to read line by line from a budget proposal? Get a grip, folks.
At any rate, I have stuff to do. Consider this your open thread until someone says something appalling at the WaPo chat in a couple hours. You can almost set your clock to that, and thank God DougJ is reading those so I don’t have to.