Rhetorical Analysis Of Barack Obama's Inaugural Speech

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Forty-fourth president and acclaimed speaker Barack Obama, in his 2009 Inaugural Speech, addresses a nation in crisis and a changing world. Obama’s purpose is to not only to thank the nation that elected him but to lay out his game plan for the next four years. He adopts a hopeful tone in order to inspire and reassure the nation he is now in charge of. Obama begins by thanking the audience, including former President George W. Bush, and acknowledging the last eight years full of trials and tribulations. His first appeal to the audience is based around logos, “data and statistics”,(7) saying “Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly, our schools fail too many…”(6) This is Obama acknowledging the
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