I saw Barack Obama speak in San Francisco this weekend.

In his standard stump speech (I assume, anyway), he spoke for 45 minutes, without notes, with passion. As he wryly noted, he’s very articulate.

Healthcare and education were the themes he stressed the most. He spoke starkly of the need to confront climate change, and referenced briefly the opportunities and benefits of investing in “alternative technologies.” That said, I didn’t get the sense that it is an animating passion of his.

This election cycle, people want to fall in love. And on that front at least, he’s got the goods. A personable, warm, and impressive man.

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