Pep Talk

by Ryan Avent

Something I should have remembered from the campaign but didn’t, was that during weeks when I was deep in the print media weeds I’d often become quite pessimistic about the political state of things, only to feel remarkably better after hearing Obama deliver a speech. The guy knows how to buck up a crowd. For example:

These are substantive responses to shallow Republican critiques, delivered confidently, and with just the right amount of righteous disdain. Now as Tim Fernholz notes, polling suggests that this stimulus battle isn’t having as much of a negative effect on the public as some of us stuck here in the bubble may have feared. If that changes, however, I really don’t think that Obama could make too many public appearances. The more he’s out there personally delivering the message, the better.

(Via Ta-Nehisi Coates)