The trouble with Obama is that he is such a damn good orator that the expectations for tomorrow will be sky-high. Yet, he will need to surpass those expectations if he has to create a buzz, and will have to do it through content rather than soaring rhetoric because the latter is only going to reinforce the notion that he is an empty suit only good at words.
The last few weeks have seen the polls tighten to essentially a tie. Tomorrow is Obama’s call to shine. Well, he has done it before. Obama can be verbose and nuanced — too nuanced — in impromptu conversations and debates. However, he is the acknowledged master of the “big speech”. His greatest speeches — the 2002 one against the war, the 2004 speech at the convention, the race speech earlier this year, all came at big moments. So I’ll be tuning in tomorrow and expecting him to deliver.