Just saw the Obama speech that the press has been talking about, the one from Saturday's Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Des Moines, Iowa. (That page contains both the full video and a full transcript. I'm not sure why the campaign hasn't posted this stuff on their speeches page yet.)
As has happened before, I have some disagreements with him and some doubts about him, but I'm carried away by the power of his rhetoric, his public speaking skills, and his charisma.
My favorite bit among many favorite bits (from about halfway through):
As President, I will end the war in Iraq. We will have our troops home in sixteen months. I will close Guantanamo. I will restore habeas corpus. I will finish the fight against Al Qaeda. And I will lead the world to combat the common threats of the 21st century--nuclear weapons and terrorism; climate change and poverty; genocide and disease. And I will send once more a message to those yearning faces beyond our shores that says, “You matter to us. Your future is our future. And our moment is now."
I also like the line everyone's been quoting: "This party [...] has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we led, not by polls, but by principle; not by calculation, but by conviction; when we summoned the entire nation to a common purpose--a higher purpose."
And the last few lines of the speech are pretty good, too, but I'll let you go hear those for yourself.