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Clinton speaks tonight:

- Maureen Dowd: The Comeback Vegan

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — I remember the first time I realized that Barack Obama was not going to be another Bill Clinton. Everyone assumed that the Secretariat from Illinois was the natural heir to the Secretariat from Arkansas. But Barry was only out of the gate for a day in 2007 before it became apparent that, while the senator had a bouquet of talents and several virtues that Clinton would never possess, he was not quite Bill's match as a political natural.

On his first Iowa campaign trip, Barry was irritated. (Michelle had made him quit smoking). He was hungry. (He had eaten only trail mix.) He was indignant. (Why would press pests care what he looked like shirtless in Hawaii?)

When the diffident debutante ended up in the deserted AmericInn's lobby in Iowa Falls on an icy Saturday night with reporters and a few six-packs, he did not seize the opportunity to seduce, as Bill would have. Clinton probably would have chatted with one reporter about Gabriel Garcia Marquez, another about economic philosophy and a third about prowling the Arkansas backwoods to find antique cameos for Hillary. ...

- Clinton: Obama showing way to more modern economy - AP/Salt Lake Tribune

... "He inherited a deeply damaged economy, put a floor under the crash, began a long hard road to recovery and laid the foundation for a more modern, more well-balanced economy that will produce millions of good new jobs, vibrant new businesses and lots of new wealth for innovators," the former president said. ...

Obama, tomorrow:

- Obama's turn: He needs to outline his agenda - Salt Lake Tribune Editorial

President Barack Obama has decided to make his Democratic National Convention acceptance speech indoors, rather than in one of the grand open-air venues he often favors, because the weather forecast for tonight in Charlotte is not promising.

It is an intelligent concession to reality that should set an example for the remaining two months of the campaign season, on both sides and at all levels. ...

- David Brooks: Obama must define what he stands for

Why did God put Barack Obama on this Earth? If you had asked that question between his 2004 convention address and his 2008 campaign, the answer could have been summarized in a short elevator speech.

Obama was here to heal our politics, to move us beyond the stale debates and the childish partisanship that lead to stagnation, futility and silliness.

This purpose did not survive contact with reality. ...

- Andrew Rosenthal: What Should the President Say?