One of the greatest US presidents of all time? Or one of the greatest leaders of all time? Whatever you believe about Obama, it’s impossible not to feel a sense of gravity and presence when you see his early speeches.
This particular speech, his first, is widely regarded as the best of his career. It’s arguably the reason he won the presidency and the turning point that symbolizes his transition from an upstart nobody to the most powerful man on the planet.
How long will it be until we see another figure as charismatic as Obama take the presidency? Who knows. Are ex presidents allowed to run again after some time out of the office? If so it might not be so surprising to see him take the throne again in future. White house, throne, same thing.