Rhetorical Analysis Of Obama'S Inaugural Address

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This rhetorical piece is very important because it is the most well known current rhetorical speech. President Barack Obama gave this speech on January 20th, 2009 in front of an estimated 400,000 people, the most people to ever attend a president’s inauguration. Even though many people were excited for the new president’s speech, he still faced many rhetorical barriers. All of the citizens of the United States were looking up to the new president, and his speech affected every citizen. I chose this speech because this rhetorical speech affects me. Barack Obama’s inauguration speech was a historic moment that many will never forget. It was a big step for America and also an important event that happened during my lifetime. Obama talked about various things in his inauguration speech that would affect me. He answered my questions and tried to persuade me that he was ready for this job. Barack Obama had several goals in mind when writing his speech. First, “he set a tone of hard work ahead” (Brenner) for the citizens of the United States. Obama says right in the beginning of his speech, “we are in the midst of crisis” and he explains the types of crisis that the United States is facing. He explains the crisis of war, economy, education and energy. His goal is to clearly state what the problems are which eventually leads him into his next goal of explaining to the audience how each citizen can help. Obama makes it clear that each of us has to contribute in order to get the United States back on its feet (Brenner). His goal is to tell the audience ways in which they can get involved and help the nation. He targets the audience by saying “what is required of us now is a new era of responsibility – a recognition on the part of every American that we have duties to ourselves” to tell the audience that in order for changes in the nation to be

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