By DANIEL HENNINGER – WONDER LAND, September 5, 2012 –
The hour is upon us. Obama speaks. Again.
A sound that was new as it soared from his acceptance speech in a Denver football stadium four years ago will Thursday night in Charlotte be one of the most familiar sounds in American life—Barack Obama’s voice. If it were possible for a president to talk his way to prosperity, the United States would be rolling in clover.
Some of us who went to the Democratic convention in Denver to see that historic nomination knew that Barack Obama was prone to thinking large. Still, even by the standards of the moment, it was hard to miss the grandiosity of Barack Obama’s intentions for the next four years.
As the Denver speech wound down, Barack Obama cited Martin Luther King Jr.’s dreams on the Washington Mall and then linked them to his own: “America, we cannot turn back . . . (applause) . . . not with so much work to be done; not with so many children to educate, and so many veterans to care for; not with an economy to fix, and cities to rebuild, and farms to save; not with so many families to protect and so many lives to mend.”
Columnist Dan Henninger on the promises President Obama made in his 2008 acceptance speech. Photos: Associated Press.
That was August 2008. Mr. Obama must have liked the sound of it because here he is a few weeks ago in Columbus: “Ohio, we’ve come too far to turn back now. (Applause.) We’ve got more students who dream to afford college. We’ve got more good teachers to hire. We’ve got more schools to rebuild. We’ve got more good jobs to create. We’ve got more homegrown energy to generate. We’ve got more troops we’ve got to come home. We’ve got more doors of opportunity to open for everybody who is willing to walk through them. That’s why I’m asking for a second term as president.”