Stark Contrast

If President Obama is looking for a way to inject more passion into his presentation, all he has to do is study at the feet of Phil Davison, a Minerva, Ohio, Councilman. Check out his plea for an endorsment in his race for country treasurer from the Stark County Republican Executive Committee.

He began by ticking off details of his resume—“I have a master’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in communication”—before launching into a revivalist’s tirade, pledging to rid the treasurer’s office of the ‘infestation” that had plagued it, a reference to the Democratic incumbent who was removed from office for alleged embezzlement.

Mr. Davison's performance Wednesday night went viral. Mr. Obama's Iraq speech last week? Not so much.

Davison told POLITICO Thursday afternoon he was surprised by the blaze of attention his fiery speech generated and said he was bombarded with calls from across the country after the video ricocheted across the Internet.

“It’s shocking. I don’t know what to say. I’m speechless,” said Davison. “I was emotional last night. I’m truly passionate about what I believe in.”