Obama didn't tell us what he'll do next

U.S. President Barack Obama is joined on stage by first lady Michelle Obama along with daughters Sashaand Malia Photo: Reuters

From my vantage point on the Convention floor there was something strangely disappointing about President Obama's speech.

The overall message was strong. At the end, excellent. But I already know that Obama is anoutstanding orator with a talent for words, gesture and inflection.

The problem is that he wasn't specific enough. It didn't answer the one question I wanted to know: What would an Obama second term look like?

Imagine that he wins re-election. On November 7th President Obama has a beer and a burger with his campaign team in Chicago and makes another speech talkingabout protecting the middle class. The next day he walks back into the Oval Office. Then what?

What are his priorities? What is the first thing he would try and achieve? What does he want to change?

There were no answers last night.

And he had a wide open goal because Mitt Romney was even more pitifully vague last week. The Republicans had almost no ideas - just coded hatred for PresidentObama and empty slogans.

Why was there no ambition in the speeches, no audacity,no challenge? Why didn't one of the candidates vow to wage a war on Alzheimer's, beat cancer, do something amazing. Anything to inspire us.

But President Obama has smart people all around him. So perhaps they didn't want to over-promise this time round.

Their eyes are on a small sliver of the electorate: the undecided voters of Ohio, Virginia and Florida.

If those voters decide he should be given a second chance to fix the mess, Obama is probably home and dry.

But if swing voters decide they're tired of speeches, that a businessman should be given the task of re-invigorating the economy then Mr Obama is in grave trouble.