Rolando Arrieta, NPR
Crowd members wave signs of "Service" for GOP nominee Sen. John McCain at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in St. Paul, Minn.
... Nearing the end of John McCain's speech.
Right now, I feel privileged to have been here to see it, and indeed privileged to have heard both his and Barack Obama's speech.
This one is as remarkable in its own way — gracious, tough, leaving nothing on the table.
There are not so many tears here, there were moments of near silence, which is a remarkable thing in a hall of 20,000 people. There are many lumps in the throat as a room full of men used to holding things in heard their truth spoken out loud.
Both men (Obama and McCain) called this country and its people to its best self — something grander and more remarkable than we might even imagine. They have very different visions about how to get there, but in the end they both offer a call to decency, a call to service, a call to put others above self.
Will we listen? ... And to whom?