Conservatives Stunned By How Much They Liked Obama’s DNC Speech

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July 28, 2016 11:02 a.m.

President Barack Obama’s marquee Wednesday night speech at the Democratic National Convention was held up even by some conservatives as the kind of address the country deserves in the current political moment.

Pundits who fundamentally disagree with the majority of Obama’s policies expressed grudging admiration for an optimistic speech that praised America’s inclusive democracy. It provided a stark contrast to the ominous address about the threats facing the United States that Donald Trump gave at last week’s Republican convention in Cleveland.

Some suggested that Obama’s speech, which quoted the Declaration of Independence and framed the U.S. as a “light of freedom, dignity and human rights,” did a better job at expressing conservative values than Trump’s did.

Most of those who commented are on the record as fervent members of the #NeverTrump movement. Tim Miller, America Rising PAC co-founder and former communications director for Jeb Bush, said the disparity between the conventions would push a generation of young voters away from the Republican Party, while New York Times columnist Ross Douthat said Obama’s speech should make GOPers ashamed of what their party has become.

Michelle Obama’s deeply personal speech on Monday, which made the case for having black and female leaders in governance, also earned bipartisan accolades.

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