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
Rhetorical Appeals In 2008, the Presidential Election came but with a change “for a national evolution (even revolution).” It was between two strong competitors; Hilary Clinton and Barak Obama; both offered a new change for the presidential title. Toni Morrison, a professor at Princeton University, wrote a letter to Senator Obama in hopes of gathering supporters by using logos, pathos and ethos to convince voters to vote for Obama as president. While introducing the concept that neither race nor gender matters when choosing a fit candidate, Morrison strengthens her argument by addressing the opposing side and making a logical argument , As she describes her thoughts towards Senator Clinton, Morrison says “that no liberal women has ever ruled in America.” This builds on her argument because all people reference the superior as “The Man” and some still over look women. Even though being a women and being married to a former President, Bill Clinton, gives Hilary Clinton an advantage for the candidacy, people still weren’t going to vote for her because of her gender and how she’s more stringent than former presidents.
Brad McCullough Dr. J – SPK 201 Seminar Two Discussion Questions September 29, 2012 Question #1: Why is it important that speeches be organized clearly and coherently? How does the oral format of your message impact audience understanding? (SLO 5) Answer: Organization of speeches is the most important step of the speech to me. A good/bad organized speech will affect how the audience takes it. On page 163 of our textbook it states: Taking the time to plan a well-organized message can boost your confidence.
Garlande Henry January 22nd, 2013 Period: 8 MR. DUFFIE HW ASSGNMNT: “ 3 OPINION ARTICLES ” Saying What Matters in 701 Words President Obama prepares to deliver his second Inaugural Address, beware: second inaugurals have not fared well in American history. First inaugurals have provided many memorable lines. Franklin D. Roosevelt, taking office in the riptide of the nation’s greatest depression, asserted, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” John F. Kennedy told Americans, “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” By contrast, the words of second inaugurals have largely slipped from memory. Why have second inaugurals fared poorly, and why did Lincoln’s succeed? To begin with, second
In Defense of Citizens United Decision Introduction The 2012 federal election cycle set to cost a record of $6 billion, which has been marked as the most expensive election in American history.i What’s also special about this election is that it is the very first presidential election after Supreme Court’s decision on the landmark case Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission (2010), which frees corporations and unions from the limited amount of contribution they can donate to a campaign. “Campaigns are the ‘heart and soul’ of a representative democracy”. ii In the excerpt from Federalist 10 paper, the Founding fathers believe that people naturally form different opinions and it is the preservation of the diversity in opinions
Thomas 1 Allison Thomas Carrie Waldrop English 112-160 July 2, 2012 Address to the Nation On January 20th of 1961, John F. Kennedy, the youngest president of the United Sates of America addressed the nation and world in his inaugural address, after a challenging election and precarious period in which our country was enduring. With issues such as the Cold War and the cruel inequality issues our county was facing the success of his speech was imperative. In this thoughtful, well worded speech he challenged, inspired and provoked Americans to become passionate about their country stating, “ask not what your country can do for you-ask what you can do for your country.” (Kennedy) The words chosen for the address were well thought out, planned words, which were carefully placed and spoken beautifully. In his inaugural address Kennedy argues that new times are on the horizon for the United States and gives examples on how to unite the country and world. At the beginning of the inaugural address Kennedy begins with a strong and reassuring statement “We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom-symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning-signifying renewal, as well as change.” (Kennedy) This statement demonstrates humility by removing his personal gain and turning it into a victory for the American people.
A More Perfect Union Critique “We the people, in order to form a more perfect union.” These are the same words that were presented in the Constitution as well as used in Barack Obama’s speech, “A More Perfect Union” during his presidential primary campaign in 2008. His speech addresses the racism and inequality that still exist in America that is dividing American society instead of uniting it. Obama uses his own experiences to reach out to readers as well as using allusions from history and the patriotic meaning behind the history to incorporate pathos and ethos in his speech. Obama is successful in his writing because he is able to persuade the audience by appealing to their emotions, while using specific details to create more credibility
Chase Torrence English 155 Tu/Th: 11:00am Making a Change In the book, Audacity of Hope, author and United States President, Barrack Obama, captures the essence of unity and equality and offers ways of bringing about such ideas by suggesting for Americans to change the way they view one another and society; in order to create a better America. Obama brings up the issues of, politics, values, and race. These issues are the arguments he talks about in his book and the arguments he is addressing to the public. His arguments are arguments of politics and how it is corrupted, the argument of values and how one is to look at themselves and others around them, and lastly the argument on race and how we Americans must accept all race and all
The speeches set for study continue to engage audiences through their rhetorical treatment of human aspirations (ambition) and beliefs Influential speeches must incorporate rhetoric, resonating with the audience’s aspirations and beliefs so that the speaker can bridge a connection with the responder, effectively evoking their emotions and alter their perspectives to parallel that of the speaker. This engagement of the audience is portrayed through Aung San Suu Kyi’s speech The Keynote address at the Beijing World Conference (keynote) as she passionately conveys the unjust ideology of the roles of women. Margaret Atwood demonstrates a similar understanding but through a more subtle and sincere manner, through the portrayal of women in literature,
The Journey to the White House: Barack Obama Whenever a new president of the United States is elected, history is made. But never has it been made so dramatically as it was on November 4, 2008, when American’s voters chose Barack Obama as our 44th president. With his election into the White House, Obama defeated much apprehension by becoming the first African American president of the nation. So how does a man become the leader of one of the most powerful nations on earth and break all odds along the way? Barack Obama explains with the following quote: “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress” (http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors /b/barack_obama_2.html).