As well several Kennedyesque cadences, there was more than a nod to the idea of Obama wanting to be a liberal Reagan, redefining patriotism with his own message of 'morning again in America'.
And he went out of his way to be bipartisan - though the Republicans will remember they are party of Lincoln remains to be seen.
But, to lower the tone slightly, I wonder if he intended the allusion to Richard Nixon: when he promised his daughters they could take a puppy to the White House, it reminded me of (in very different circumstances) the famously slippery Checkers speech.
One other thing I probably should tell you because if we don't they'll probably be saying this about me too, we did get something-a gift-after the election. A man down in Texas heard Pat on the radio mention the fact that our two youngsters would like to have a dog. And, believe it or not, the day before we left on this campaign trip we got a message from Union Station in Baltimore saying they had a package for us. We went down to get it. You know what it was.
It was a little cocker spaniel dog in a crate that he'd sent all the way from Texas. Black and white spotted. And our little girl-Tricia, the 6-year old-named it Checkers. And you know, the kids, like all kids, love the dog and I just want to say this right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we're gonna keep it.
I imagine Barack Obama will be buying the puppy for his daughters himself!