Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Election 2004 - The President's Acceptance Speech

Michael Barone has a very positive review of Bush's acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention:

In his Thursday night speech at the Republican National Convention, George W. Bush framed the issues in a magisterial address that sent him a long way toward winning the general election and that sent him some smaller distance toward effective governance in a second term.

"This young century will be liberty's century," said Bush in the graceful, understated lilt of his best speeches. "By promoting liberty abroad, we will build a safer world. By encouraging liberty at home, we will build a more hopeful America. Like generations before us, we have a calling from beyond the stars to stand for freedom."
Barone's article at USNews.com can be found here: The President Takes Control. The full text of the speech can be found here.

Update(9/8/04)

Mort Kondracke's take on the President's speech at Real Clear Politics:
Bush's speech certainly didn't avoid domestic issues. In fact, Bush presented a rather challenging new vision based on expanding individual empowerment rather than traditional government activism.

But the details and delivery of the first, domestic half of the speech were sketchy and prosaic. The second half, concerning the contest between freedom and terror, was passionate and poetic.

"This moment in the life of our country will be remembered," Bush said. "Generations will know if we kept our faith and our word... The freedom of many, and the future security of our nation, now depend on us. And tonight, my fellow Americans, I ask you to stand with me."