Alicia, over at Last Left Turn Before Hooterville, has an insightful post on the Republican vilification of Obama's charisma:
[Excerpt] Reagan was, indeed, the triumph of 'style over substance', and it was the force of his personality that earned him the label "The Great Communicator". But he has been ensconced in conservative minds as the greatest president ever, while ostensibly 'running the country' in the throes of Alzheimer's. Barack Obama is far more qualified to be President than Reagan ever was. Like Schwarzenegger after him, Reagan was an actor who had been recruited by big money interests to lend their on-screen persona to the agenda of the big businesses who, for obvious reasons, could not be elected on their own recognizance. Obama has the drive and the charisma, but he also has the goods. He's his own man, for whatever that's worth.
I complete agree on this. Like Alicia, I didn't pick Obama as my first choice, but he is saying the right things; he did have the correct view on Shrub's War; he does express concern about the right problems; and if he follows through on half of the things he talks about, he'll fundamentally change the country in many positive ways.