Then the Republicans nominated ___ and everything changed.
. . . and so his nomination by the Republicans . . . assaulted, as nothing ever had before, that huge endowment of personal security that I had taken for granted as an American child of American parents in an American school in an American city in an America at peace with the world.
…then the Democrat:
We listened . . . to his acceptance speech, delivered with the confidently intoned upper-class enunciation that . . . had inspired millions of ordinary families like ours to remain hopeful in the midst of hardship. There was something about the inherent decorum of the delivery that, alien though it was, not only calmed our anxiety but bestowed on our family a historical significance, authoritatively merging our lives with his as well as with what of the entire nation when he addressed us in our living room as his “fellow citizens.”