Wood also analyzes Obama’s use of references in his election night speech. He discusses how “Behind his speech were the ghosts of Lincoln’s First Inaugural” (610) as well as “the explicit reference to King’s famous phrase about how ‘the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice’” (611). Both discussions of Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. are included to show how Obama believed his election to be a turning point in history as Lincoln and King’s speeches were a turning point in their time period as well. It was imperative for Safire and Wood to discuss the allusions to others’ speeches in both of their analysis as without the references to others’ speeches both Lincoln and Obama’s speeches would not have had the impact and power that they did. Through the course
Obama is the 44th President of the United States. He was given a middle class upbringing and attended Harvard Law School. Before he became President he continually was working for the greater good of the Illinois state senate and his community recognising what the publics needs and wants were. When Barack Obama won the election on 4th of November 2008 and was inaugurated on 20th of January 2009, he became the first ever African American President in The United States history. Historians have seen a similar connectedness between Barack Obama and Martin Luther King Jr, as they were both African Americans fighting for the greater good of America and wanting the American dream for all the citizens of
Instead, Romney used his time to rebuke Obama and did not express his position as much. “Why am I lowering taxes on the middle-class? Because under the last four years, they've been buried,” Romney said. Even though, Romney tried to overcome Obama; Obama fought back better than the last presidential debate. When Romney attacked Obama for hindering the use of coal, the President recalled an appearance of Romney as governor of Massachusetts, where he vowed to shut down a coal-fired power plant.
English 110 11 October 2012 Ann Richard’s Keynote Address of 1988 Ann Richards, the charming and strong-willed Democratic politician, delivered the Keynote Address at the Democratic National Convention in July of 1988 as the state treasurer of Texas. Richards’ speech is still remembered to this day for her critical views on multiple aspects of the Republican Administration, including their governmental actions, decisions, and viewpoints. Insults towards Vice President George Bush, which implied that he does not care about the country or American citizens and lacks basic knowledge and understanding of our country’s growing economic problems, caught the public’s attention and were widely publicized. The address contains strong rhetorical appeals that influence the audience’s views on the negatively portrayed Republican Party and the seemingly better Democratic Party. Richards creates a strong ethical appeal to her audience by stating her Democratic political background, views, and opinions.
My Grandfather, a die hard Democratic, believes that Bill Clinton was the best president we have ever had, but he thought maybe Mr. Clinton came out a little arrogant. Again, I was curious as to what he could be talking about. So I read an article in the New York Times, Campaign Collapse, When Destiny Failed, Peter Baker and Jim Rutenberg describe a situation where President Clinton was found yelling at campaign personnel. In this situation Senator Clinton had just lost the primary in North Carolina and they were waiting for results of the Indiana Primary, when a vote counting delay threatened her opportunity to give a primetime victory speech. President Clinton was yelling
Segregated from the rest of society and suffering emotionally, physically and economically the black community was looking for a leader and found one in Martin Luther King. A minister from Atlanta, King believed in the power peaceful protest, and began to lead public protests and boycotts. As the movement gained momentum King was able to raise public consciousness of the inequalities being suffered. Martin Luther King famously led the March on Washington, campaigning for equal rights and employment; here he delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Eventually securing equal rights for all Americans Martin Luther King became and still represents the greatest human rights icon in
Shawn Howell Professor Leyva October 09, 2012 Writing Journal #3 The Presidential Debate On October 03, 2012 the presidential debate between President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney began with moderator Jim Lehrer. I watched the debate wondering, what will the candidates state in their plans to recuperate the United States of America? How will they perform? Will their speeches and performances be convincing to the people of America. In performance, I witnessed both candidates being respectful to one another yet Mitt Romney presented a stronger opposition and was aggressive at times.
Republican candidate, Newt Gingrich, is a member of the House of Representatives from the state of Georgia. He is running on the platform to balance the budget, cut spending, increase jobs, implement an energy plan, reforming healthcare without Obama-care, keeping America safe though transparent national security measures. Republican candidate, Jon Huntsman, Jr., was the United States Ambassador to China, 2009- 2011. He resigned the position of Ambassador to run for President of the United States. The platform he is presenting is pro-life, supports civil unions but not same-sex marriage, signed the Western Climate Initiative in 2007, supports tax reform to eliminate loopholes, deductions, expenditures and subsidies, supports working with China to get North Korea to abandon nuclear program.
Obama immediately brought up the Lilly Ledbetter act which was the first bill he signed when he came into office. The act opens up limitations on pay discrimination lawsuits filed after a period of time. Passing bills like the Lilly Ledbetter act is the right step women need in this economy. President Obama says this is not just a women’s issue, but a family and middle class issue as well. Another issue brought up by Mr. Obama is insurance companies should provide contraceptives to anyone being insured.
He refers to the local newspapers in the region and their stories on the American politics. When Obama was in the run for president in 2008, a friend of David Sedaris, Mary Beth, was asked if she, as a white American, would vote for a black man. This type of prejudice towards Americans as well as racial issues is the main topic of “Obama!! !” During his narrative David Sedaris uses humor as his main rhetorical device. The use of humoristic elements help the reader sympathize with his opinions, since it lowers their barriers and makes them more receptive to his arguments.