Election Victory Speech Analysis

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Forty-four times during the two hundred and forty year History of the United States of America, Presidents have delivered their first election victory speech. Although some presidents serve multiple terms, the first term’s victory speech marks a change of political and national leadership. Unlike victory speeches of the past, the 44th speech marked a national milestone in the election of Sen. Barack Obama as the first African-American President. The social and political climate at the time of his election could be interpreted as pestilential. As the newly elected President of the United States, then Senator Obama faced the challenge of commemorating the historical significance of his election, stating the need to heal a divided nation, …show more content…
From those who were in physical attendance to television viewers, radio listeners and internet streamers; he spoke with the understanding that the world would hear his words. Initially, Mr. Obama began his speech by recalling the shared ideas and principals of national pride. By exclaiming numerous national idealistic platitudes, his introductory tone suggested unification and reconciliation.
“If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer” __ Barack Obama “This is Your Victory”
This statement is a symbolic interaction intended to establish ethos and create shared meaning toward political and national context. Historical significance is given to the moment as it partially reverses centuries of racial division and political
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When the bombs fell on our harbor and tyranny threatened the world, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and a democracy was saved. Yes we can. __ Barack Obama “This is Your Victory”
The walk through the nation’s challenges and subsequent triumph is an effort to create a patriotic nexus between disaffected and euphoric voters. Election induced trepidation required a conciliatory tone by the President-elect. Quelling the fears that were created by electoral rhetoric established the basis for cognitive reconciliation.
America, we have come so far. We have seen so much. But there is so much more to do. So tonight, let us ask ourselves -- if our children should live to see the next century; if my daughters should be so lucky to live as long as Ann Nixon Cooper, what change will they see? What progress will we have made?
The use of “America” as the address and “we”, Mr Obama cast himself peer and America as the dramatistic agent in this pentomic section of his

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