Obama Rhetorical Analysis

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Ashley White November 16, 2009 Political Rhetoric Obama vs. McCain In the 2008 Presidential election there were two candidates nominated to fight to run the country. One of the candidates was John Sidney McCain III, who was nominated by the Republican Party, and the other candidate was Barack Hussein Obama II, who was nominated by the Democratic Party. In this essay the national-convention speeches given by both candidates are analyzed. The analysis of these speeches focuses on the concept of America that both candidates present. Both candidates have rhetoric for each of their speeches and sway their audiences in a different manner. When defined rhetoric means language designed to have a persuasive or impressive affect on its audience.…show more content…
“…in Minnesota, the same party that brought you two terms of George Bush and Dick Cheney will ask this country for a third. And we are here because we love this country too much to let the next four years look like the last eight.” Obama not only is he showing the trait of how Americans love and devote time into the country but he is also questioning McCain’s abilities as president. “But the record's clear: John McCain has voted with George Bush ninety percent of the time. Senator McCain likes to talk about judgment, but really, what does it say about your judgment when you think George Bush has been right more than ninety percent of the time? I don't know about you, but I'm not ready to take a ten percent chance on change.” Obama is talking about how important change is to American’s and how George Bush did not accomplish that, and McCain supported Bush most of the time. He incorporates the voters by talking about how they have suffered through the last eight years and to make the next four better. If the voters want change to be apart of the fundamentals of the American nation at this point in time it will not be achieved by electing McCain. McCain really draws the voters in on this aspect of his speech. “In America, we change things that need to be changed. Each generation makes its contribution to our greatness. The work that is ours to do is plainly before us. We don’t need to search for it.” McCain is talking about the work put towards change by every generation and how it is a fundamental part of the success for future
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