Barack Obama Inaugural Speech Analysis
President Barrack Obama’s speech during his 2013 inauguration is among the famous inauguration speeches of all time. The speech served as an opportunity for him to show his gratitude, as well as, declare authority of his position. It was his second inaugural speech as he had had a landslide win in a majority of the states. In his initial four years, White House concerns revolved around the two wars and the economic crisis. With U.S. troops n Afghanistan and Iraq headed home and an underway economic recovery, the second inauguration was a good platform for President Barrack Obama to set his priorities. In his speech, he talked about more divisive issues and had sharper lines compared to his inauguration speech in 2009.
Generally, the speech is well measured. It has a great deal of logic and triggers a somber mood. It is direct and addresses issues that directly affect the people of America. It has a clear and concise organization, which allows him to achieve his main objective. The main theme revolves around collective responsibility, which cuts across the issues …show more content…
The social movements mentioned include women’s rights supporters at Seneca Falls, the lesbian and gay people who protested during the 1970 Stonewall riots and the Civil rights marchers who were beaten in Alabama. For the first time in the history of the U.S., an inaugural speech endorsed same-sex marriage and gay rights (21). He said, “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law” (22). Obama also pays tribute to ordinary people who were involved in 1963 March in Washington. In particular, he mentions Dr. Marti Luther King,