Rhetorical Analysis of Obama’s First Two Speeches as President

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President Barack H. Obama has been always using rhetorical strategies in his political speeches. He used these strategies to present important points and views of his in front of public. Delivering points and views properly and logically got him to be the president in the first place. President Obama used mostly ethos and pathos, yet some logos to deliver his inaugural and the state of union speeches. Being that, he was able to reach the audience emotionally and make the speech flow efficiently while he preserved his credibility. Each speech has own audience that differs from the other. In the inaugural speech the audience was the public and therefor the speech was short and used short sentences that are easy to understand. On the other …show more content…
The citizen felt enthused and motivated during the speech because President Obama used the rhetorical strategies successfully. Ethos, pathos and logos were used during the speech to support his points and views. Also, the citizen were expecting to hear about matters that related to better reform of economic and social status, and the President has delivered a large portion of the speech to be related to because of his credibility and experience in the field. As he wanted to deliver his first speech after he became officially the President, he intended to leave a perfect image of him in citizens’ minds that he is a strong and intelligent leader. Ethos is connected to the credibility of the presenter himself. President Obama used in this speech a variety of ideas that used to make him trusted and believed by the targeted audience. First thing that the audience was heard after greetings was “I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you've bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors” (2009). Using ethos, President Obama wanted to express thanks to the people that trust him. After that, he followed the rest of the speech with recapping the efforts of the former citizens that led this country to be what it is today. This appeal to the audience emotions which consider also to be part of using pathos in his speech.
Citizens’ emotions

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