Who said this, about which former President?
The years [did] a lot to clarify the strengths of this man. As a candidate for any office, [he] showed incredible energy and great personal appeal. As chief executive, he showed … a great compassion for people in need, and the forward-looking spirit the Americans like in a President. [He] could always see a better day ahead — and Americans knew he was working hard to bring that day closer.
Over eight years, it was clear that [he] loved the job of the presidency. He filled this house with energy and joy. He’s a man of enthusiasm and warmth, who could make a compelling case and effectively advance the causes that drew him to public service. …
People in [his] life have always expected him to succeed — and, more than that, they wanted him to succeed. And meeting those expectations took more than charm and intellect — it took hard work and drive and determination and optimism.