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Rhetorical Analysis Barack Obama

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Barack Obama was the 44th president of the United States of America and the first African American president. During his presidential campaign in 2008 Obama gave a speech in Philadelphia called, “A More Perfect Union.” His speech moved millions of Americans and inspired racial cooperation and societal change. Obama called for acceptance of all colors and for people to realize that the government is, and never will be perfect; however, he also says it is time to take action and instill change, rather than just talking about change. Obama most effectively convinces his audience of this with pathos and by including antitheses and repetition, which helps him evoke passion in his audience. Obama includes antitheses in order to emphasize…show more content…
In response to controversial statements said by his reverend, Obama states, “He contains within him the contradictions - the good and the bad - of the community that he has served diligently for so many years” (6). By suggesting that contradictions belong to the community, Obama implies that the people are imperfect. This helps him convince the people to realize that racism is still prevalent and contributes to class differences. He persuades the people that racism and class differences are connected and from thereon convinces them to help change those conditions. Obama evokes a strong passion for change by sympathizing and relating with the people. He puts himself in the people’s shoes to seem more down-to-earth and relatable. Obama suggests that to make America a more perfect union people must help reduce racism related class disparities. In reference to racist comments his reverend said, Obama observes: It’s that he spoke as if our society was static; as if no progress has been made; as if this country – a country that has made it possible for one of his own members to run for the highest office in the land and build a coalition of white and black; Latino and Asian, rich and poor, young and old -- is still irrevocably bound to a tragic past. But what we know -- what we have seen – is that America can change. (Obama 12) Obama claims that the reverend was ignorant and
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