A reader adds her thoughts to these from earlier today:
You know, I've been scratching my head this morning about the pundits' luke-warm (at best) response to Obama's speech, and trying to figure out why I felt so differently last night. I agree it was a more cautious speech than he's given in the past, more sober, more plain – but I thought all of that was appropriate. I felt like he was being square with me. But more than that, I felt not so much hopeful as proud. I'm a liberal, and mostly a cynic about politics and patriotism – but last night, I felt proud! I feel like what Obama accomplished last night was to co-opt all the best values and aspirations of the formerly moderate Republican party – hard work, self-reliance, frugality, the notion that change is best when it is slow and steady – and stitch them seamlessly into everything that is good about the values of the Democratic party – inclusiveness, shared sacrifice, community, generosity, fearless forward thinking. And it seems to me that's quite an accomplishment.
(Photo: US President Barack Obama greets First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and his wife Jill as they arrive on stage after speaking during a campaign event at Strawbery Banke Field in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on September 7, 2012. Obama said that a new report showing the US economy created just 96,000 jobs last month was "not good enough." In his first campaign event following his convention speech, Obama noted, however, that the economy had added jobs for 30 straight months while it was losing 800,000 jobs a month when he took office. By Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)