I wasn't so much talking about the text, but the way he said it — the choppy, listless delivery, especially as he came to the end:
With humility, but with resolve, let us never lose sight of that essential truth.I found myself immediately retreating to the cliché of imagining how Ronald Reagan said those words "God bless the United States of America."
Thank you. God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.
Like he meant them.
And I'm not saying I don't think Obama means them. I'm only saying that he said them as if they meant: Okay, now I gotta get outta here.