2016 Election Speech

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The 2016 election has been quite a controversial and emotional election, leading to various debates and major shifts in people’s opinions. As a result, the professors at the University of Texas at Austin decided to provide critical insight to freshman students on how to become an active citizen in participating in this year’s presidential election. Mark Updegrove, Bethany Albertson, and Michael Stoff took the stage at Bass Concert Hall to provide freshman knowledge on voting, anxiety in politics, and the conundrum of presidential leadership. Mark Updegrove begins his speech on voting with the simple statement, “This election has been a confusing election.” Right off the bat, Updegrove was able to induce a humorous response from the audience …show more content…
She starts off with a witty remark by telling students that if we’re not anxious yet, all we had to do was read a news article or turn on the TV. Furthermore, she goes onto explaining that anxious citizens put their trust in political figures and that’s why figures in today’s election invoke fear in citizens on an issue and acquire their trust for fixing that issue. Political leaders use ads to make people feel more and more anxious about the nation. Albertson shows a study she did about which candidate people trust when regarding the issue of terrorist attacks: Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? She then reveals the results that more people trust Trump on the issue and then proceeds to make a semi-mocking joke towards Trump by saying, “Are these people feeling anxious because of terrorist attacks or are they feeling anxious because they like Trump more.” Albertson closes her presentation by stating that she thinks Clinton benefits more from the anxiety than Trump, but whispers that if she’s wrong then forget this moment ever happened which generates a couple laughter from the …show more content…
After being introduced, Stoff made the remark, “Thank you for the generous introduction, I almost didn’t recognize myself” which led to the audience bursting in laughter. He continues to make the audience laugh my telling them he suffers from PCF, and later tells them it’s presidential campaign fatigue. Stoff doesn’t stop there; as he begins to talk more about the race, he mentions that this race has been actually going on for years and calls out Clinton’s name since it’s not her first time running for president this year. As the audience calms down, Stoff states that the 2016 election could be one of the most important elections in the U.S. When talking about what constitutes presidential leadership, he states, “It’s a hell of a job”, which invokes more laughter from the audience. Going on to more serious matters, he tells the students that we’re supposed to expect presidents to govern and suppose to hold them accountable if they don’t fulfill their legislative agendas. Furthermore, he mentions that a great president would be a conservative revolutionist and have attributes such as high emotional intelligence, height, age and maturity, and experience. To wrap the lecture up, Stoff encourages students that after this “too long” talk, that they go register to vote. Essentially, Updegrove, Albertson, and Stoff provided us students political advice on getting prepared

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