It was a three-hanky speech. The setting, the rhetoric and the resolute and proud faces of those who serve this nation surely caused tears to spring to the eyes of literally tens of millions of Americans.
It was a significant speech as well. That's nothing new: Since 9/11 the president has delivered at least three addresses of world-historical import.
Lincoln opined at Gettysburg that "The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here." Dubya's drones take a longer, rambling address on the boat named for Lincoln, and immediately proclaim it to have "world-historical import." It seems wiser to let history tell the tale...