Despite his successful re-election, Barack Obama has never again reached the heights of affection and popularity enjoyed after his winning the presidency in 2008. Although he has been praised for his deliberate, careful style, it is not one that has been memorable. Even his oratorical skill, powerful in the moment, has not produced a memorable phrase. No "one third of a nation ill-housed and ill-fed" that came from Franklin Roosevelt's lips in 1936 or John Kennedy's "Ask not what your country has done for you, ask what you can do for your country" has been matched by Obama. Like Bill Clinton, he has the gift of connecting with voters, without particularly convincing or inspiring them.