Obama's speeches amaze me -- he uses his voice like a concert pianist uses his piano. He's a first-rate orator for sure.
For whatever it's worth, I'm really pulling for him to be the perfect guy at the perfect time, and it doesn't sound that far-fetched even to this cynic. He's definitely got something.
"The serene and peaceful mind is the true epitome of human achievement."-- Ajahn Chah, Living Dhamma
"To reach beyond fear and danger we must sharpen and widen our vision. We have to pierce through the deceptions that lull us into a comfortable complacency, to take a straight look down into the depths of our existence, without turning away uneasily or running after distractions." -- Bhikkhu Bodhi