Not because he turned McCain's barb of palling around with terrorists in to the joke, "there's no crowd I'd rather be palling around with tonight."
Not because he observed that from the doorstep of the Waldorf you can see the Rusian Tea Room as clearly as you can see Russia from Palin's house.
Not because he noted that McCain should get credit for dealing with the housing crisis at all 8 homes.
Not even for this gem about Al Smith the governor of New York in the 20s. "I never knew [Al Smith] (governor of NY) but from everything Senator McCain has told me, the two of them had a great time together before Prohabition."
Barack Obama will make a great president because he can look straight in to the eyes of a congressman, a senator, a soldier even a television camera and say:
I want to especially say a word of thanks to Mr. McCain. We are in the midst of a we are in the midst of a tough battle right now. American politics at the presidential level is always tough but I've said before, and I think it bears repeating, there are very few of us that have served this country with the same dedication and honor and distinction as Senator McCain and I'm glad to be sharing this stage with him tonight and have during the course of this nomination.
The fact that each October in the closing weeks of a hard fought campaign people of all political persuasions can come to this dinner to share a meal and honor the work of this foundation underscores the reality that no matter what differences or divisions or arguments we are having right now we ultimately belong to something bigger then a political party, we belong to a community, we share a country, we are all children of God.
Those are the kinds of words that aren't just words. Those are the kinds of words that unite people. That make Americans want to make America great. Make no mistake about it people, this country is as great as WE want to make it, not as great as its president. We want, we need, we deserve a President that can persuade us to come together.