Barack Obama 's Speech At The National Constitution Center

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When looking back on the 18th of March, 2008, several do not believe that it is a significant date. It is not a holiday, nor a significant day in history, though, it is the day that Barack Obama delivered his “A More Perfect Union” speech at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia. Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama spoke to the public concerning extremely racial comments his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, had declared. Obama tries to persuade the people to understand that he does not agree with what Wright stated. His way of doing this is to connect with the audience using his background, he utilizes specific pronouns to connect him to the audience, then tells other people’s stories to allow the audience understand why he does not agree with what the pastor disclosed. To obtain the public’s following, Obama uses numerous rhetorical strategies such as juxtapositions, popular allusions, anecdotes, also imagery. At the time of this speech, Barack Obama is running for the Democratic Presidential candidate as well as being called into question when his former pastor publicly accused the government of committing hateful acts against black Americans. He addresses the American public then tries to persuade them to recognize that he understands both the white Americans and the black Americans. He uses ‘we’ and ‘us’ to show that he truly views the people as one as opposed to various separate groups, “… we cannot solve the challenges of our time unless we solve them together, unless we perfect our union by understanding that we may have different stories, but we hold common hopes; that we may not look the same and may not have come from the same place, but we all want to move in the same direction…” He wants to move... ... middle of paper ... ...untry towards black and white Americans, but he does strongly suggests it throughout the entire speech. The occasion of the speech was incredibly powerful because it was at the National Constitution Center and he establishes an even deeper foundation by talking about the signing and the meaning of the Declaration of Independence. He states that it was ultimately unfinished because of the nation’s sin of slavery, something that divided many states some for and some against. Even when the nation was debating whether or not to abolish it completely, it broke apart the union sending the country into a civil war. The impression Obama is trying to make is that the country cannot be truly be united when races are treated differently. The fact that he uses the history of the country furthers his credibility and it is an essential quality since he was running for president.
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