Mr Obama has delivered another landmark message. This time, it's about the economy. And it is as important as the speech he made about race issues.
Whether or not one agrees with his proposed solutions, he articulates the problems with American business and their root causes — a first among today's political leaders.
It's another great speech not just because he addresses the spectrum of causes and effects.
- Mr Obama neither speaks above nor below any person's level.
- He speaks clearly.
- He is in command of his text.
- He has a theme.
- He is interesting both to watch and to hear.
- He inspires action by going beyond pointing to the problems to offer solutions.
- He makes you think.