“It is my desire, if not my duty, to try to talk to you journeymen with some candor about what is happening to radio and television… This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire… But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. Good night, and good luck.”

I will allow the song choice of the last half could be considered schmaltzy, but – for me, at least – it was the perfect antidote for the poison saturating the first 4.5 minutes.

(And those first 4.5 minutes? Illustrate why people can’t quite pinpoint the exact reasons they prefer Obama. It’s a constant deluge of a comment here, and a “joke” there, and it isn’t until you see it all together that a coherent picture starts to form.)