Barack Obama's Speech Analysis

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Former President Barack Obama was known for being a good speaker, but was he actually a good speaker or did was he just a very intelligent man? Public speaking is one of the hardest things to do and Barack Obama does a great job of it. He does have a few tendencies that I picked up on such as hand motion and pauses. Barack Obama gives his speech in Washington D.C. in front of thousands of eager people waiting to hear what the president had planned for the country. Obama was clearly using a teleprompter to help recite his speech, which can be very dangerous as far as communication goes. Teleprompters can have a tendency to cause the speaker to rely on the teleprompter and never look up to the audience. Also speakers can have awkward pauses…show more content…
He does however have a couple of things that picked up on. Obama talks in very short, chopped up sentences. For example Obama's speech reads “Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many.”, but the way Obama says those sentences is very chopped up. He says “Today i say to you--that the challenges we face- are real. They are serious-- and they are many.” Obama continually does this throughout his speech which at times, when noticed, can cause the listener to want to finish his sentence for him. He talks in a very calm yet powerful voice giving him the appearance that he is confident and enjoys being in the position he is in. The mood of his speech is very promising and positive voice giving the american people a good feeling that the they are in good…show more content…
One of the places that Obama uses anaphoras is when he is talking about the founding fathers of our nation who went and discovered America. He repeats the words “For us” for three consecutive lines. Doing so makes those lines more meaningful because they relate to us personally. Another place that Barack Obama uses anaphoras is when he is describing how he's gonna treat all of the different people in the nation. He repeats the word “To” when he is talking about the muslim religion, the poor people of our nation, and to the leaders of other nations who are out to seek conflict. Obama's use of the anaphoras was effective, but I feel he could’ve used more. Another section of Obama's speech he almost seems as if he is trying to calm down the american people from a state of panic. He says “ Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.” I think it was smart of Obama to put this in his speech because its very positive for americans to hear that. This section stood out to me because i like the fact that he's not telling the people to panic, he's basically saying stop crying, get up and do something about
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