In his exclusive essay for Glamour, former president Barack Obama shares his views as a feminist, as well as how it has impacted his life as a son, husband, father, and president. He states how growing up with a single mother, supporting his wife, and raising two daughters has inspired and formed his views as a feminist. Throughout his life, he has seen the progress of women’s role in society enhance over time and he claims that right now is an “extraordinary time to be a woman”. Though there is still room for improvement on women 's rights, our country has made great progress in the act of women’s rights, according to Obama. During his presidency, he admits that he was working on creating policies to create further equality for women and their rights.
By presenting this anecdote, Obama unleashes the appeal of unity upon the audience, by contrasting the fact of a young white girl sharing the same opinion with an elderly black man. The use of this juxtaposing yet consolidating statement persuades the audience to unify and merge together, even though they may be racially different. The effect of this anecdote on the audience is implicitly the opposite of what the racial divide has done. This further reiterates the message of unity, which is something that Obama intended to put to counteract the controversial statements of his ex-pastor Wright.
Even with much more prosperity than before Obama went to speak out about how racial discrimination is still a problem we are unable to face in our society today. Women’s rights are still discriminated against and minorities are still faced with struggles that hinder them from fully participating in the economy. Obama went into reasoning how the past was filled with inequality that is affecting many people as the top ten percent rich takes more than a third of the country's riches and housing while the poor are not advancing at all. And comparing now to today how the gap between
I have brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, uncles and cousins, of every race and every hue”(Obama 462). Obama mentions a lot from his past, wanting his audience to get a sense of his perspective on the idea of how he viewed racial inequality and the struggles he had to face growing up with a much diverse family. The use of pathos or emotional appeal in Obama’s speech “A More Perfect Union”, is one of the crucial keys on making his essay so powerful to show the makeup of racial
• Innovation of selection strategy: The campaign team used social media and technology as an integral part of their strategy. Therefore, they built a national grassroots movement to support Obama by more involvement and engagement. • Authentic and powerful image building: Youtube, Facebook page and so on allowed people to realize how authentic Obama is. Besides, Obama focused on three key words: Hope,Change,Action to build good relationships with individual supporters. As a result, the team developed a groundswell of supporters who felt confident to Obama.
The use of pathos or emotional appeal in Obama’s speech “A More Perfect Union”, is one of the crucial keys to making his essay so powerful to show the makeup of racial inequality in America. He states “That anger may not be expressed in public, in front of white co-workers or white friends. But it does find a voice in the barbershop or around the kitchen table”(Obama 466). Obama uses this quote to better express the struggles that the black and other racial communities face in America. He also states this quote like he's seen the problems first hand, because he may be referring to himself or event that made him feel angered.
44th President, Barack Obama, in his speech, Inaugural Address, addresses where we are as an economy. Obama’s purpose is to let the audience know that our nation is in crisis and there are things that need to be done. He adopts an informational tone in order to express the importance of the nation and the necessity of making our country an improved place for our future children. Obama builds his credibility with convincing facts and statistics, incorporating fear, and successfully employing emotional appeals. Obama begins his Inaugural Address by acknowledging that our economy is badly weakened and our collective failure to make tough choices and prepare the nation for a new age.
And I was angry about it" This only further amplified his frustration of the society around him and he began to struggle. Drug abuse, lack of motivation and harm all threatened his future. However, even after multiple offenses the people around him didn 't give up. His parents, his neighbours and even his teachers didn 't give up on him. This marked the moment that transformed Obama and his pursuit for a better life began.
Obama continues her historical account as she describes the travail and bravery that a few people possessed that led them to afford educational opportunities for black people even when “Teachers received death threats.” (289). She evokes these historical events, not only to show the stark difference between the past and present with regards to educational opportunities for African Americans, but also demonstrate how the people who fought tirelessly so that they could gain an education did so because of they were aware of the value of education as it brings freedom and opportunity to those who have it. To bolster this assertion, Obama quotes Fredrick Douglas, “Freedom is Emancipation” (289) Obama details even further as she
In 2008, Obama took an opportunity to speak on the issue of the current state of racism in America, after many controversial remarks were made by his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, that were deemed racist by the majority. This was only eight months before he would become president, and very much set forward a path he would follow through with his presidency. Beyond all political views, though, did Obama do a quality job at explaining the truth behind racism in America today, or did he present a biased interpretation that fit his worldview? Firstly, Obama briefly discusses the long history of black rights in America, from the original constitutional writing up through his campaign. This short summary helps the audience understand the context of his speech, allowing them to see how far the country has progressed and why racial tensions are still evident today.