|A huge factor in the Presidents speech|
We, We, We. It shows up more than 70 times in Obama's speech and he is definitely aiming at the pathos sweet spot. This idea of unity, and respect for everyone is also a huge hit when it comes to another appeal: ethos. There seems to be continual idea of needing to make the tenants of the truth happen, not allow them to happen on their own because they never have. Mr. President states that "For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth". I feel like this is as true a statement as he could've possibly made regarding the enforcement of freedom and equality. What's amazing, to me at least, as that he doesn't place this responsibility in his own hands or the hands of leaders, but in the hands of all the people in the country, and the world for that matter.
|Together we are heading toward a new era. Together.|
The President uses a lot of repetition to convey an idea or set of ideas. One of the most impressive uses of repetition was his use of 'We must..' : "We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect. We must act, knowing that today’s victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall". Not only does he recognize that whatever victories we may achieve are not permanent, but he also realizes that we need to build a base structure for future generations to be able to stand on. Instead of looking to the future and what it may hold, we must prepare for the tomorrow, the next week, and the next century. Between the lines, I think this is really aiming to support the idea of the up and coming generations being the new normal. These generations are all about tech and thats going to become extremely prominent in the coming years.
Personally, I knew he would use the word close to a hundred times. Its a word that instills the idea of unity and strength while also maintaining such a subtle aspect. It does not appear to the common eye as something amazing, but when looked at in context, it truly is amazing. This leads into the whole central focus of the speech, the idea that we as a people must move forward with heads held high. If someone holds out a lantern in a dark cave, we must follow them to success, we cannot remain in the dark if people are providing the ability to escape.
We will prevail as a people regardless of what obstacles are thrown at us.
In the past four years, Mr. Obama has experienced more than most of us could dream of....or have nightmares of. From prevailing over an evil in the middle west to comforting the families suffering after two tragedies in the northeast, Obama has maintained the ability to be a shoulder to lean on and a person to follow. He understands there are still issues within the country that need to be worked on and this will come in time. Promises are not the best thing to make when there are only four years to fulfill them, yet we as a people have given him a second chance at fulfilling his promises. We hope he will succeed, and he hopes we will allow him to.