Barack Obama 2004 Keynote Speech Essay

793 Words Apr 1st, 2012 4 Pages
During his keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, Barack Obama introduced himself as a skinny kid with a funny name. The rising star of Illinois politics was elected to the U.S. Senate three months later. His delivery, using rhetoric, was full of fervid sentiment that reminds us of what we love about the United States of America. His passionate speech inspired Americans to renew their faith in their country and persist their individual dreams and yet still come together as one American family.
On July 29, 2004, Barack Obama gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. He was received by thousands of enthusiastic delegates, waving blue and white campaign signs and reciting his name. As the
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He exclaims as a proud American “In no other country on Earth is my story possible” describing his successful career in politics and law and raising a family at the same time. Going along with his theme of the American Dream, Obama identified himself as “a skinny kid with a funny name who believes that America has a place for him, too.” His speech was an extremely emotional and passionate addressed that spoke to millions across the country. He spoke of national unity as one of the most important and unique characteristics of the United States, and how unity is one of the most important things that our country could have in 2004, in light of 9-11 and the war in Iraq. The allotment in the speech in which he made the simple phrase “there's a United States of America a rallying cry of unity and togetherness was simple and powerful.” By stating that there is a United States of America he does not simply mean that there is a USA. He means that we are a united country, united as one as the United States of America. Obama’s rhetoric was deeply felt and was more reproducing, splashing with patriotism: “We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.” He criticized the Iraq war, saying “we should never ever go to war without enough troops to win the war, secure the peace, and earn the respect the world.” This

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