President Obama’s speech, “A More Perfect Union,” pulls in the reader or listener because it is full of emotion and history of independence and culture. The themes that Obama addresses in his speech are centered on history: the history of American independence, personal growth, black culture, and his political campaign.
Obama begins and ends his speech by quoting the Declaration of Independence. He suggests that the document was “signed but ultimately not finished (699) to lead into his goals for his presidency. He addresses the current issues that the United States is facing, such as poor health care, awful education, and a growing war and terrorist threat (700). Finally, Obama condemns his former pastor, Reverend Wright, for Wright’s racist and divisive comments. However, he says that he cannot disown Wright because there is both good and bad in everyone, and disowning him would be like “[disowning] the black community” (701).
The intended audience is the people of the United States of America and the potential presidential voters. The speaker reaches the intended audience by being televised as well as being in the center of a presidential debate. He makes a very logical argument for his credibility and ability to lead and unite the people of the United States. His credibility has been questioned because of his pastor’s behavior, so Obama explains his relationship with his pastor and answers the questions the people might have for him about this relationship.
He convinces the reader of his ability to lead and unite the people by defending the black community from Reverend Wright’s comments and also by moving forward from the welfare cycles that have haunted urban and rural communities since early times. He explains how the welfare system has worsened the “lack of economic opportunity among black men, and the shame and frustration that came from not being able to provide for one’s family, [which has] contributed to the erosion of black families” (702)....