A view of Obama, from the inside
"Those of us who have long known Obama are impressed and not a little amazed by his rhetorical skills. Who could have expected that our colleague, a teacher of law, is also able to inspire large crowds? The Obama we know is no rhetorician; he shines not because he can move people, but because of his problem-solving abilities, his pragmatism, his creativity and his attention to detail.
"In recent months, his speaking talents, and the immense enthusiasm that frequently surrounds him, have led skeptics to wonder whether there is substance behind the plea for "change" - whether the soaring phrases might disguise a kind of emptiness and vagueness. But nothing could be further from the truth. He is most comfortable in the domain of policy and detail."
An interesting read from someone who has known Obama since his days at Harvard.