NORFOLK, VA. — Barack Obama is known for his eloquent speeches, but as he tries to regain his lead in the polls and beat back an energized Republican ticket, he is adding something new to his delivery: volume.Howie P.S.: The New York Times tells the story a little differently: "Obama Plans Sharper Tone as Party Frets." Dan Balz (WaPo) ruminates on the Obama-McCain race with "Misunderestimating McCain," concluding with this
Obama has uncorked some thunderous lines in recent campaign stops, showing a measure of emotion the normally unflappable candidate has seldom displayed. His speeches are now laced with indignation as he argues that anyone who sees John McCain and Sarah Palin as vehicles for change is being duped.
"Let me ask you a question here," Letterman said. "Have you ever actually put lipstick on a pig?"
"You know," Obama said, as the audience laughed, "the answer would be no. But I think it might be fun to try."
Obama has been at this now for 19 hard months. At times his focus has drifted but he has proven himself equal to all the challenges. McCain's challenge may prove no more difficult in the end than Clinton's. But right now it is more than Obama may have expected. Now it is his turn and the question is, is he ready?Barack Obama