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A pedestrian speech greeted as a barn-burning sermon

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CHARLOTTE  – I’m not alone in seeing President Obama’s renomination speech tonight as a bit pedestrian. It sounded like a regular stump speech. But in the Time Warner Center, the crowd treated the speech as a rip-roaring sermon. Any little applause line ignited a standing ovation. Any rhetorical repetition worked the crowd into a growing frenzy. Sometimes the crowd applauded at...

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