With “hope” and “change” signs of the past, “forward” is the new watchword for the Democratic National Convention which starts in Charlotte, North Carolina on Tuesday.
President Barack Obama will no doubt be hoping there is still some hype left from his former campaign as he sets out again to cast himself a visionary leader in touch with the American people.
His time in the spotlight will not come before Thursday night when he is expected to focus on education, tax cuts, energy and immigration.
Obama’s Republican rival Mitt Romney is planning to spend time this week preparing for their three head-to-head debates. But his vice-presidential running mate Paul Ryan will be heading several campaign events to spoil the Democratic party.