Friday, January 25, 2013

Nirali and Aashna Breaking Down Obama's Second Inauguration Speech

BTW: Nirali=Nirali and me=Aashna  
 Sent at 9:46 PM on Friday
 Nirali:  heyy
 me:  hey
 Nirali:  blegh i guess
 Sent at 9:48 PM on Friday
 me:  okay so from the beginning, Obama likes to convey a sense of nationalism by talking about history and the constitution
for example, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
 Nirali:  definitely and you can totally see that he uses "we" to bring that feeling of togetherness
i'm sure that if they counted "we" on the word cloud, it would probably be as big as "people"
 me:  haha yeah.
he really wants to evoke a sense of unity
 Nirali:  he does refer to the constitution directly from his parallelism of "we the people"
 Sent at 9:52 PM on Friday
 me:  it helps him build up his point of saying that hey we have been through so much and the reason we succeeded was because we were together
 Nirali:  true, for example: "Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce; schools and colleges to train our workers.
Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.
Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune."
 Sent at 9:54 PM on Friday
 Nirali:  Obama's known for using parallelism very frequently, but I think in this case the majority of that was focused on instilling that we are one nation
 Sent at 9:55 PM on Friday
 me:  and that the success of our future depends on us staying as one nation. in some ways,
 Sent at 9:57 PM on Friday
 me:  it really makes you want to just believe him and trust that he will lead his country correctly
which is an example of pathos
 Sent at 9:58 PM on Friday
 Nirali:  you know, it's really interesting that you used the words "trust and believe" because the theme is "Faith in America's Future"
 me:  haha well then he is very good at getting his point across even from the beginning
throughout his whole speech, i think he is trying to get us to trust him. i mean considering the fact that the reason he was re-elected was because of the electoral votes- not the popularity votes
 Sent at 10:01 PM on Friday
 Nirali:  well i don't think the point is to trust him, but more like recognizing the equality in our nation
i mean
he directly references the Declaration of Independence in:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
i'm looking over the whole transcript right now
and the amount of times he says "we" is ludricous
even here: "My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together."
 me:  his overuse of we acts as a great rhetorical device (paralellism). 
 Nirali:  using the words "my fellow Americans" just adds to his intense focus on community
 me:  again evoking a sense of faith in our nation and future.
 Nirali:  i think what's really important that he's identifying is the difference between "then" and "now"
especially here: "For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn."
i think he's definitely stressing on remembering the past and working toward the future
 me:  throughout his speech, "past" is used negatively and "now" is used positively. like the quote that you just pasted, he talks about the past as though our lives were flushed down the toilet back then and "now" we are going to change that all and everything is going to be better. i guess that is just another way for him to incorporate pathos into his speech
 Nirali:  definitely
Obama's known for incorporating pathos in his speeches
he speaks eloquently and also reaches climaxes in his speeches to emphasis his points
 me:  he is a really great public speaker but the way i saw it was that his whole speech incorporated a lot of pathos (such as when he talks about the girl born into poverty but has big dreams and hopes)
 Nirali:  now that i look at it more closely and take time to put it all together instead of watching it, i think there are really good, key points that he's planning to focus on
but what kind of happily surprised me was this:
"our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts"
 me:  feminism
 Nirali:  i mean, i don't mean to be all OH WOMEN ARE AWESOME but seriously, that was awesome
 me:  yeah it was him basically pointing out that women should also be treated equal
which i totally respect him for that
 Nirali:  and between his first inaugural address and his second?
"A New Birth of Freedom" and "Faith in America's Future"
 me:  well because of the evolution of time from when his first speech was to his second speech, the concerns of his speeches are different. the first one focused on the war and global affairs while this one is mostly concentrated on fortifying the nation 
 Nirali:  yeah but i think they both still really stressed on national unity
 me:  true
 Nirali:  you're totally right though, the first inaugural address was focused on America's challenges in itself and globally
 me:  its a reoccurring theme- unity i mean
but i feel that now he realizes that his goal should be to unify the American nation rather than on taking part in global affairs like wars. 
 Sent at 10:23 PM on Friday
 Nirali:  definitely, the three key things he really focuses on are strengthening, unifying, and moving forward
and we can definitely see the correlation between the theme of the future in his second inaugural address and his reelection campaign them "Forward"
 Sent at 10:25 PM on Friday
 me:  i think now being elected for the second time, he has shown signs of being more experienced and knowledgeable and understanding what the position of the president really is. he wants to unify America and the citizens. and he expresses that thoroughly. his speech in some ways mimics the MLK Jr. speech such that he doesn't say "I have a dream..." but he addresses that his dream is equality and unity for the future of America.
in replace of "i have a dream.." he says "We, the people,"
 Sent at 10:30 PM on Friday
 Nirali:  definitely, there are a lot of easily seen historical allusions such as "We, the people" from the Constitution, a couple phrases from the Declaration of Independence, and intense parallelism like MLK Jr.
OOH can we talk about word clouds
i really like them
 me:  haha they are indubitably (i had to) cool looking and informational :)
 Nirali:  yeah they give you the gist, but in a colorful way! :D
well i think the fact that "must" is the largest word definitely shows how much force he's using to convey his ideas
 me:  if you compare the two word clouds, you can see that he is promoting change for the nation
this time around
 Sent at 10:34 PM on Friday
 me:  and you are right, "must" is such a strong word that it shows that he is looking at a better, brighter future of America
 Nirali:  definitely and he's usually using "must" after "we", making that responsibility of change one that the whole nation needs to recognize
that was a little wordy but you get my point
 me:  haha point understood. since your world cloud was similar to the real one, did you already assume what his speech would envelope before??
why did you choose the words you did??
 Sent at 10:37 PM on Friday
 Nirali:  not really, we just kind of thought generally + recent things during his last term + stuff he should want to point out like the progress we've made, and that it was a collective effort
 Sent at 10:38 PM on Friday
 me:  because when me and Mike were making it, we used the old transcript and tried to point out the key words. i guess we subconsciously assumed that the second inaugural speech would be no different from the first.
but i can assure you that I felt there were major differences
 Sent at 10:40 PM on Friday
 me:  for one thing, i think his speech improved and more rhetorical devices were used
 Nirali:  there definitely were major differences, his first inaugural address felt focused on what more Americans can do for their country, his second seemed more of a push for our whole nation to recognize their responsibilities
 me:  but in all, since most people listen to the speech once, he made a really strong first impression about what he hopes to happen/do in his second term. 

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