2013 Inauguration Discussion
Alec Silverstein, Emily Kwan, and Greg Mak
Greg: I liked how he made an allusion to the Declaration of Independence. Makes his point all the more evident.
Emily: Greg mak agreed, he’s trying to make I, us and we
Greg: He makes references to it throughout the entire speech as well.
Greg: “They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people”. Allusion to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
Alec: Obama uses pathos to appeal to the emotions of the audience by his statement that “All men are created equal.” In addition, he calls everyone “Americans” and uses the words “nation” and “people” to form a sense of unity. I predicted this in my word cloud, as using these words rallies support and a feeling of nationalism.
Greg: Agreed. He keeps using the words “We” “Together” and “America” to bring out our national spirit.
Emily: I feel Obama uses the "color of our skin" and "that all men are created equal" point alot most likely because of his race?
Greg: He emphasized that point when he said a girl born into poverty has the same chance to succeed as everyone else.
Emily : 3:00 talks about him learning about economy
and about learning about what he must protect
Talks about how he feels that collective action is important.
Used climax about how we have greatness at 5:35 (nationalism!)
using at 6:24 we know that what we have is inadiquite so we must do this (Antanagoge)
Greg: “They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.” It may be a stretch, but this can be interpreted as Antimetabole
Greg: Heavy parallelism regarding the phrase “We, the people.” Also uses “We must” alot as well.
Greg: More parallelism with “Our Journey is not complete”. Makes a good point. We have a lot to fix, and a lot more to do even after that.
Alec: I agree that he uses a lot of parallelism. Repeating phrases frequently really helps get the point across.
Greg: “And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice – not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice.” Pathos
Alec: “We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American; she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.” Obama’s example of a little girl uses pathos. This affects the audience emotionally by gathering sympathy and compassion for a little girl in order to strengthen the points being made.
Emily: Rhetorical use of, we of the people. Large amounts of antimetabole, talks about what he must do in the future.
8:37 talks about new medicare plan and about Sandy (ethos)
9:23 talks about how we must take action against climate change and uses science to support (is justifying his actions and is talking about preserving) (basically what he knows he is going to do in the future) (talks about how we have duty to future) (ethos)
11:23 talking about war and how he allowed peace (I think he may be talking about diplomacy now? and talking about how we are going to become “anchors” (sincerely reference to Mr.Ross other countries hate it when we interfer with other countries and pretend that they are below us) (btw SYRIA)
Alec: I noticed he says the word “creed” a lot. He cites the beliefs of America as a country and the beliefs of the founding fathers in order to support his argument. This is an example of ethos, or making his argument more credible.
Emily: 13:52 Talks about women equality and gay equality and education
constant use of “journey” at 14:30 alot parallelism
Talks about Newtown and gun safety (ethos)
15:14 reference to founding documents
16:12 talks about difficulties to Republican party
Greg: Near the end, he takes care to mention that he and us citizens are equal, and that he is merely one of us.
Alec: “These words. These rights. These values.” This is another example of parallelism to support the importance of the points he is making and shows how essential he thinks they are to the nation.
Emily: He said these united states of america...
Alec: It seems like the main focus of his speech is the unity and improvement of America as a nation. He mentions problems such as the economy, jobs, and safety, but he does not focus on any one recent problem in particular. Instead, he mentions various events that affected many people in order to garner (Emily: woot vocab word!) their support and unite them as a nation. This all supports the theme of Faith in America’s future, as Obama urges America to overcome these problems and improve the country as a whole. However, I was surprised that he only addressed some recent problems very vaguely. I predicted in my word clouds that some major words would be centered around these problems, and words like “economy,” “jobs,” and “gun control” would be very frequent.
Emily: Alec, I felt that his speech was more of an attempt to talk about what has been accomplished and what has been accomplished, so basically agreed. Very close to my word cloud, he really did focus on America,the nation, politics, and freedom.
Greg: I felt that he learned a lot from these past 4 years. This past year alone has brought out many changes to America. After the Newtown incident, gun control is on top priority. We also have yet to get out of our economic crisis, but he seems confident that he can make some changes this time around. It seems that people are starting to lose faith in America, which is why I think he emphasized so heavily the Declaration of Independence, as it outlines the values upon which our country was formed. He doesn’t want us to deviate from those values, but rather embrace them. (If it worked for the founding fathers, it ought to work for us, right?). All kidding aside, I feel Obama is back and ready to tackle anything that comes in his path.
Alec: I agree that Obama has learned a lot. We now face many new problems, such as gun control, but there are also many problems from before that we are still facing, mainly the economy, which are big problems to deal with in just four years. Obama seeks to really confront these problems with unity as a nation. I think that this unity is a big theme he has come to support since his first term. In his first inaugural address, he seemed to use more specific examples of problems and how to fix them, but he is now more general and promotes national collaboration to overcome problems.
Emily: @Greg agreed, yet I believe that he also was attempted to unite us by using we constantly but it wasn’t helpful that he used these united states (that stopped after WW1)! I found it impressive that he used the word gay ( which most likely hasn’t been used before). (Gay rights!) He also brought alot of interesting points up like global warming, and gun control, but he focused mainly on unity.