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Obama Inaugural Speech Rhetorical Analysis

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President Obama’s Inaugural Speech: Rhetorical Analysis Barrack Obama’s inauguration speech successfully accomplished his goal by using rhetoric to ensure our nation that we will be under safe hands. The speech is similar from ideas obtained from the founding documents and Martin Luther King’s speech to establish ‘our’ goal to get together and take some action on the problems our country is now facing. As President Barrack Obama starts his speech, he keeps himself from using ‘me’, ‘myself’, and ‘I’ and replacing it with ‘we’, ‘us’, and ‘together’ to achieve ethos. He makes sure his audience connects with him directly by making them feel at his level, and him at theirs. This way he connects to the audience, and in exchange, helps his statement of unity. Using various examples of parallelism, anaphora and refrain, Obama brands the theme of equality and togetherness in our country throughout the speech, vital to gain the respect of his audience. Obama recalls the ‘enduring strength of the constitution’ by delving into the past alluding to America’s allegiance to the Declaration of Independence by quoting “we hold these truths… that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of…show more content…
Yes, there was of course the audience in the stands and at home listening, but he was also speaking to the future generations of Americans. It could be noticed that President Obama was hoping his message is heard by the youth of today as well as tomorrow’s. Be it by spoken word, technology, or the old fashioned book, President Obama was relaying a message of hope and piece for future Americans to guide their lives behind. President Obamas inaugural speech came about to bring hope to a nation on the rebound of a terrible economic change, not unlike many of the speeches given by President Franklin Roosevelt, and like the former President, Obama wanted to evoke hope for now and for the
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