"It was grave but not doleful, resolute but not belligerent, eloquent but not grandiloquent. Its acknowlegments were eclectic: Biblical allusions, a nod to Tom Paine, a shout-out to Jerome Kern.
"But it wasn’t especially memorable."
Linguist Geoff Nunberg explains why that's actually a good thing. And gives a quick and engaging lesson in rhetoric while he's at it. (You can also listen to Nunberg delivering a slightly shorter version of the essay on Fresh Air.)