Before Everybody Gets Too Carried Away With Excitement

It’s worth noting that Obama’s address was seen by 38 million people last night, making it he most watched political speech not given by a president . Now, if two-thirds of those people go out to the polls with enthusiasm in November and do what enthusiasts do — which is to try and convey their enthusiasm to others — Obama will be in very good shape. Unfortunately for Obama, though, the most-watched political speech not given by a president before last night was….John Kerry’s acceptance speech in 2004. Kerry did go on to lose — though he did receive 60 million votes, the highest vote total in American history aside from the 63 million George W. Bush received. So besting Kerry by 10 percent might be just the ticket.

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Before Everybody Gets Too Carried Away With Excitement

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