Lincoln uses optimistic diction when employing words such as "cherish" and "lasting peace" to convey a message of harmony. It is seen clearly in his word choice that Lincoln calls for a lasting and fair peace, but not only between the North and South. He also calls the American people to apply this concept of peace with other countries and in foreign policy. Throughout his Second Inaugural Address, President Abraham Lincoln employs a variety of rhetorical strategies to promote unity between Americans. As Lincoln once said, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Abraham Lincoln’s address to the American people can be applied in today’s current political climate.
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.
President Lincoln’s renowned, powerful speech is effective in empowering an audience through the use of pathos, parallelism, and expressive diction to emphasize his hopes of victory and peace in war made possible by the people’s choice in continuing to fight, while also wishing that the public view the souls lost in battle as heroes. In the beginning of his robust speech, Lincoln states the fact that “all men are created equal”. This helps build a connection between all of the audience, because it shows them that there is no lesser person among them, and that Lincoln and the government want that to be true. Also, Lincoln’s constant use of the word “we”, in reference to his nation helps the citizens who are listening to feel like a welcomed
The author of this speech was President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This speech was the president’s address to the nation in reaction to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor. The president was arguing in favor of declaring war against Japan based on what had occurred previously on an American Navy base. The president stated that “I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.”(Roosevelt) The president was able to rally the nation because of his ability to accentuate our opponents lack of character, while simultaneously ensuring our victory. The reason that the argument was effective was because the president was able to ensure that the people realized how unforgivable the element of
Logical words that Bush uses were,” freedom and opportunity,””America.” Bush’s language affects because he used words that would help America get through this hard, tragic time. This speech lets citizens know that whoever was responsible would have major
A President’s job is one of the most difficult to accomplish successfully because you must make the correct decisions and win the favor of the American people. In 2012 President Obama gave his presidential acceptance speech and changed the views of Americans by showing that he was a hard working individual and that he would try his best as President once again. President Obama’s acceptance speech showed the American people that he was grateful for this chance he won and that he will try to make America great once again and how democracy and politics is not just for the privileged individuals but for everyone in America. President Obama, during his speech, uses many rhetorical devices to appeal to the common American and uses select phrases in his introduction and conclusion to persuade the American people that he is one of them and that he is a hard working President who will try his best in the future and make America better than it ever was. Throughout the speech, President Obama’s use of rhetorical devices make the speaker feel a powerful emotional connection and feel that the president is one of them.
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.
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.
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 it. There are a few metaphors that i noticed in his speech. One of the metaphors is he compares the state of the nation to a stormy sea. Usually when i think of a stormy sea the sky is black with lightening, the waves are huge and it's raining hard.
Obama is annoyed by the fact that these shooting somehow have become routine. It is an idea that runs through the whole speech. At the start of the second paragraph, Obama uses sensuous language by using words like mums, dads and children. People will be able to identify themselves with the situation, and this creates solidarity and empathy/sympathy. This is important in order to get his message across, because first Obama has to convince his audience of his standpoint before he can move on to the next step.