A Rhetorical Analysis Of America's First Lady

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Throughout the course of American history, the role as the First Lady has become a key aspect to most presidencies. Although America’s First Lady is commonly referred to as an intriguing fashion icon, it is expected that they too appeal to the majority while maintaining public support for their husbands. During the 2012 presidential campaign, Michelle Obama fulfilled the traditional role as the First Lady by rallying Americans together in favor of her husband. Through her strong presence and powerful speaking skills at the Democratic National Convention, Obama was able to establish a lasting connection with the audience that benefited the President’s reelection campaign. By incorporating both anaphora and pathetic appeals, Obama had the ability…show more content…
By incorporating anaphora, Obama was able to reveal her respect and recognition for those who are faced with daily struggles. Anaphora was strategically utilized by Obama as she continued her speech. She included anaphora in order to create an image for the audience directed toward the man who the president still is by saying, “He’s the same man who started his career by turning down high paying jobs and instead working in struggling neighborhoods where a steel plant had shut down, fighting to rebuild those communities and get folks back to work..He’s the same man, when our girls were first born would anxiously check their cribs every few minutes to ensure they were still breathing...that’s the man who sits down with me and our girls for dinner nearly every night...that’s the man I see in those quiet moments late at night, hunched over his desk, pouring over the letters people sent him.” Obama had included anaphora to emphasize the person her husband was before he was the President and how is character still remains under America’s spotlight. Over all, anaphora was incorporated by Obama during her 2012 Democratic National Convention speech because it had the capability of individualizing key points and to form a climatic feeling amongst the audience that would persuade them to vote in favor of the president’s

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