Obama's speeches amaze me -- he uses his voice like a concert pianist uses his piano. He's a first-rate orator for sure.
For whatever it's worth, I'm really pulling for him to be the perfect guy at the perfect time, and it doesn't sound that far-fetched even to this cynic. He's definitely got something.
"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi
"No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man." -- Heraclitus