My own take on President Obama’s big speech last night was that it was neither overwhelming nor underwhelming. I’d say it was just plain whelming.
That judgement roughly matches the aggregate of pundit reaction, as we see HERE:
Pundits had a mixed reaction to President Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night. Overall, the rapturous reception given to Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton was left at the media doorstep.
Most agreed that, rhetorically, Obama delivered a solid speech, saying that it was typical of the president’s strong oratorical skills. Not surprisingly, MSNBC was home to some of the most glowing commentary. Chris Matthews remarked that Obama “did it again” and delivered “a home run speech.” On CNN, Wolf Blitzer said he suspected people in the arena and around the country “were thrilled” by what Obama’s words. Analyst David Gergen agreed with the positive assessment, saying that Obama seemed “very presidential”…..
Fox News was, predictably, home to some of the largest pockets of criticism for the address….
Fox News pundit Charles Krauthammer was easily the biggest critic of the speech. “He gave one of the emptiest speeches I have ever heard on a national stage,” he said. “There was nothing in it … there’s nothing here that tells us how he’s going to go from today to tomorrow.”