Lots of folks weighing in on The Speech. It was long, to be sure, but the last 5 minutes or so are electric. In fact, if weren’t for the mics, you probably couldn’t have heard the last 2 minutes because of the cheering from the crowd!
Belmont Club has an interesting interpretation of Palin’s and McCain’s speeches during the RNC. By running them through “word cloud” software – the most frequently used words are noted by larger fonts. You know how it works. Go take a peek.
Jumping off Wretchard’s dock, I decided to put Obama’s DNC acceptance speech through the same process. Here’s the result:
“Promise” is obviously the most frequently used word in Obama’s speech, compared with McCain’s, which was “country.”
Funny, I would have thought the most prevalent word would have been “ME.”
The best phrase, in my opinion was –
I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s. I loved it not just for the many comforts of life here. I loved it for its decency; for its faith in the wisdom, justice and goodness of its people. I loved it because it was not just a place, but an idea, a cause worth fighting for. I was never the same again. I wasn’t my own man anymore. I was my country’s.
The difference between the two men couldn’t be any different when it comes to their perspectives. Obama looks at himself, while McCain looks outward.
I especially like how both McCain and Palin both emphasized they are servants of the American people, not vice-versa.
It’s going to be an interesting 60 days!
UPDATE: Speaking of “Promise,” whatever happened to the Obama campaign manager’s promise of returning McCain’s kindness of congratulations on Obama’s nomination?