James Fallows in The Atlantic has been writing about the filibuster and I urge him to keep it up. For example he wrote today
The Congress is finally moving ahead on a budget bill and a temporary extension of the payroll tax cut. End of obstructionism and modern "nullification"? Unfortunately not.
Read what Fallows has to say. But his post made me think of my own major regret (and so far I fear) about Obama: that Obama does not use his communication skills. He is enormously articulate but does not use it to raise consciousness.
The only thing I can personally remember (and certainly I haven't heard some great things or forgot them) was his riff on "American exceptionalism." Though a quick response in a press conference (?) it was exceptional in its brilliance and could have been expanded (and explained so that no one could think that he doesn't love America) into a full-bore explanation about America's role in the world.
Other than that, I am not sure I can recall anything that Obama has said which enlightened me. I have heard his policies etc etc but with that one exception I can't recall that he has said anything worthy of his intellectual and rhetorical ability.
My point is illustrated by the tawdry Cordray affair.