Despite dealing with different issues over 100 years apart, both Obama and Roosevelt overlap, presenting almost identical arguments regarding the direction of American values, the need for social and political equality, and on reform within the economy. Furthermore, the goal of this paper will be to examine each of these president’s speeches, and show how, despite a century-long gap, the ideals of Theodore Roosevelt helped shape the goals of Obama’s presidency. One of the earliest similarities between the speeches of Roosevelt and Obama can be seen in their opening statements, where both men present, what they believe to be, great examples of American values and citizenry. For President Roosevelt, he commends the soldiers of the Civil War,
The Great Depression caused a spread of distrust in the government leaving a mark on the American people along with their unwillingness to trust the government. Once President Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected in the year 1932, three years after the start of The Great Depression, there was a turn for the nation. Positively, Roosevelt introduced the fireside chats in the year 1933. In Roosevelt’s first fireside chat he encouraged the people to remember “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. ”(president-inaugural address 1933).
I am an American citizen and if I were listening to FDR’s speech it would affect me strongly. When FDR read his speech, he explained that the Empire of Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor. Right away we knew we might be in grave danger. The President then went on to say how we were “at peace with that nation,” and that we did not expect Japan to do this. Before the attack, both countries were not friendly with each other but still tried to not cause any trouble.
Throughout history there have been many situations where people’s rights have been taken for granted and many brave faces that has risen to the occasion to support the rights of others. Some of these brave people were Martin Luther King and Franklin D. Roosevelt. These two men are known for advertising the rights of others. They stood up for what they believed in, which was freedom and equal rights for all Americans. In both the Letter from a Birmingham Jail and The Four Freedom’s speech they both discussed why everyone should have equal rights, they both used religion to back up their claim, and they both discussed basic human rights that all people should have.
Roosevelt’s use of repetition causes the audience to feel a sense of expectation. Roosevelt held a high position in society with a lot of support from a wide range of followers, thus creating an audience driven towards meeting Roosevelt’s expectations. For example, the 4th paragraph of Roosevelt’s speech maintained a constant usage of the word, I. Roosevelt uses the term, I, various times throughout the speech. Although I is used numerous times, such as when he states, “...I hail the work of this society as typifying one of those forces which tend to the betterment and uplifting of our social system... I should hope to see each man who is a member of this society, from his membership in it become all the
In President Roosevelt’s speech, there are multiple rhetorical devices that can get a point across. Using these rhetorical devices, the audience may be able to become swayed by the main message being expressed. The goal of a speech is to catch the audience’s attention greatly and persuade them to gain similar beliefs on whatever is being spoken of. In Roosevelt’s speech, the mood expresses a ray of hope yet a feel of strictness. One rhetorical device used by Roosevelt is personification.
On January 20, 1981, Ronald Reagan gave his “First Inaugural Address” with the United States listening; some people were able to experience firsthand Ronald Reagan’s passion and views for our country, in Front of the Capitol Building, while others tuned in to listen on the momentous occasion. Ronald Reagan sets the stage for his presidency using logos through logical sentences that are meant to bring the audience a better perspective on his point of view. Diction was a key factor in showing Ronald Reagan’s strong sense of nationalism; he chose powerful, hopeful words and phrases that were intended to unify the people. He shows syntax through anaphora, repetition, and parallelism. By using these rhetorical devices, he states key phrases more than once to create an urgency and therefore grab listener’s attention.
In the speech, he states that when the occasion arrives, he will use his presidential power, to the fullest. The speech responded to any doubt or worry Americans had. Choosing a president was still a relatively new concept, during that time. He essentially makes a promise to the people, in which they can rely on him to be a leader and representative
On April 14, 1906, President Roosevelt delivered one of the most monumentally important speeches we have on record today. Using an impressive combination of the three appeals, he captures the crowd 's
In FDR: Advocate for the American People, David M. Kennedy paints Roosevelt in a bright light by stating, “he had a profound feeling for the underdog, a real sense of the critical imbalance of economic life a very keen awareness that political democracy could not exist side by side with economic plutocracy.” Essentially, Kennedy saw Roosevelt as someone who cared for the American Public and placed the needs of the people first. Kennedy is able to show readers that Roosevelt truly cares for the public when he states that, Roosevelt truly believed that the people could not be “self supporting” and that “without the help of thousands of others, any one of us would die, naked and starved.” By referencing to Roosevelt’s speech, Kennedy is able
Rhetorical Analysis Former Illinois State Senator and soon to be Forty-fourth president of the United States, Barack Hussein Obama, recounts what happened in the past to make America what is today and how he intends to maintain the ideas of America’s founding fathers throughout his term of presidency. His intended audience of the first inaugural address is the citizens of America and his purpose was to comfort them about the past and encourage the future of America. He creates a patriotic and empowering tone in order to appeal to pathos. His diction throughout the speech illustrates patriotism, allusions, and anaphoras. Obama opens his speech by discussing the views of our forebears and documents and how we have followed through with those views.
The speaker is Franklin Delano Roosevelt is trying to convince congress to go to war with japan for bombing pearl harbor(December 8, 1941); The speech is a persuasive speech but also a rally at the same time because he knows that they will probably go to war, he used words such as “disastrous” and “infamy” to describe the attack on the U.S, he uses small phrases such as “last night” and “so help us god” witch gave people a sense of nationality they haven 't felt before, and made them want to get revenge and fight the japanese (japs). He uses repetition and anadiplosis to repeat his message and drive what he is saying into his spectators/listeners heads, as well as pre-empting, which makes things sound way more serious and crucial and get back at them for what they 've done. Roosevelt 's purpose was to make the people of the U.S.A. to want to fight the Japanese empire in order to get them back for what they 've done to us. President Roosevelt is addressing Congress and people of the
On December 8th, 1941 Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivered a speech to the House of Representatives, Members of the Senate, the House Speaker, to the Vice President, and to the American people. Franklin spoke of the incident of the attack on Pearl Harbor the day after it occurred. Mr. Roosevelt was stern and concise. He spoke on the occasion of tragedy to inform the House and the American people what the Japanese have done.
Barack Obama’s win for President in 2009 was a historical moment for the United States. His inaugural speech was much anticipated, because this was going to set the tone for his presidency. His speech told the American people that improving the economy is one of his priorities, but there were also other areas he would like to improve like healthcare and the education system. This was a speech that was meant to persuade the American public to take action for them to rise as a nation again, and for them to put their trust into him. His message addressed a couple of specific points like his gratefulness to the American people, the different crises America is facing, how America will overcome these crises, replying to his cynics, addressing the world, and then he reminded America again to be brave like they’ve always been to overcome the hard times (5 Speechwriting Lessons from Obama's Inaugural Speech, (n.d.).
Although president Roosevelt used repetition in his words to capture his audience, he also used empathy for his people. He had the ability to understand and share the feelings of others. For example, Roosevelt said, "No person should try, or be allowed, to get rich out of this program"(13). This resonated with many people. He knew that the richer were getting richer and the poor were getting poor.