Rhetorical Analysis Of President Barack Obama's A More Perfect Union

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On November 4, 2008, Senator Barack Obama of Illinois was elected president of the United States over Senator John McCain of Arizona. Obama became the 44th president, and the first African American to be elected to that office. Over the course of eight years, Obama gave over 400 speeches. Two that stuck out to me were: "A More Perfect Union" speech which was given on March 18, 2008 and his "Farewell Address" which was given on January 10, 2017. This would be his final public speech as President. In the eight years of his presidency, his values and goals for our country never seemed to change: change, equality and unity.
The speech titled, "A More Perfect Union" was delivered near the historical site of the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To start off the speech he uses a very well-known sentence coming from the Preamble, "We the people, in order to form a more perfect union…" Obama reveals the theme of his speech in this opening line. He uses this reference because he will speak later about how society over the last several hundred years is not following our own roots that were laid down for us in 1787, when our United States Constitution was written and signed. He talks upon slavery and how the Constitution was, "stained by this nation 's original sin of slavery." He even says that the Constitution provided the, "answer to the slavery question…" Unfortunately, these proclamations were unfulfilled. In this speech, Obama is still in the process
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