Obama’s speech: Pretty paper, empty box The language in Barack Obama’s nomination acceptance speech was shockingly banal, says Michael Long, director of the White House Writers Group. By Ragan StaffAug. 29, 2008 SHARE To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.