Introducing our final cover of the day from the conventions, featuring “The Closer.”
Barack Obama is a man of big speeches, the sort that get named after cities: Boston in 2004, Berlin and Denver in 2008, Cairo and Prague in 2009. In Strasbourg, he addressed all of Europe, in Moscow the Russian elite, in Shanghai the youth of China. His inaugural address drew about 1.8 million people to the frozen National Mall, and primetime rhetorical interruptions since then mark his presidency like a grandfather clock chime: The joint sessions of Congress, the State of the Unions, the East Room announcements of the killing of Osama Bin Laden and the debt-ceiling deadlock.
Bill Clinton was known for winning small rooms and street corners. George W. Bush had a knack for nicknames that made everyone feel apart of the gang. Obama tends to soar above, the prof who can also preach, drawing both from the rhetorical traditions of the Civil Rights movement and law school lecture hall. As he famously (and immodestly) told the Senate Majority leader, Harry Reid, after one barnburner, “Harry, I have a gift.”
Read more of Michael Scherer’s piece here.
Look back on the two other cover stories this week, “The Meaning of Michelle,” and “Bill to the Rescue.”