First Inaugural Speech Analysis

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1) Comprehension.

Who is the speaker: The President of the United States - Barack Obama. He was elected twice in his career, and he seen as one of the better speakers of the 21st century.

Who are the listeners: Citizens of the United States (two million in attendance).

In which situation is the speech deliverd: First Inaugural Address.

What is its context: Speech given by the president with his intentions of what he will do as a leader.

When is the speech delivered: January 21, 2009.

2) Analysis.

What is the speaker's guiding idea: "Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met." - He present
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He thanks George Bush and credits historical ancestors who have sacrificed for the ideals that America holds its values on today, “My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation.” Obama thanked President Bush for a few reasons. First, Obama wanted to be respectful of the situation and thank Bush for his services to the country for eight years. Secondly, he used that point as the transition from Bush to Obama. He said the word ‘nation’. Many Americans were unhappy with Bush’s eight years and were ready to move on. Lastly, Obama used this pedestal to invoke his “we” and “us” ideal again. It does not matter if you are Republican or a Democrat we are all in this together. And the use of the word "our", shows that Obama is keeping with the element of association struck in his central …show more content…
The unity of the Americans, in order to receive their advanced approval, seems to be the aim of the President’s address to the nation. His speech is persuasive, but hardly aggressive. By using linguistic techniques, which have been employed by a number of the nation and which have proved to be successful and appreciated both by the audience present and forthcoming generations, Obama announces his address to his people in a favorable way. That is to say, the extensive use of pronouns ‘we’ and ‘our’ in combinations with the lexical chain discussed above, affects the speech in such a way that the audience, to some extent, might almost be considered to be participants in it and the President performs as a representative of the people. The various linguistic and rhetorical devices suggest that the orator articulates the ideas of the audience and that as a president, he represents the interests of his

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