President Obama gave an acceptance speech that did not match the soaring rhetoric of 2008 -- nor did it try to.

"The times have changed – and so have I," he said. "I’m no longer just a candidate.  I’m the President."

His speech was a dense series of policy prescriptions as well as a defense of his administration's work thus far. (Bill Clinton more memorably mixed policy and politics Wednesday night.) He aimed many of his words at his 2008 supporters, asking them not to give up on him now.