The speech given by Mr. President Deals with the consequences of violent actions and it raises questions of morality. It is an attempt to guide the American people through their hard times and motivating them.
In his opening lines Obama shows his grief for the victims of the shooting stating: ‘I have come here tonight as an American who, like all Americans, kneels to pray with you today, and will stand by you tomorrow.’ In this quote Obama position himself with his people, showing his sympathy and comforts them by saying ‘I will be here for you.’
Obama uses religious references multiple times in his speech, referring to Scripture as source of deliberation. He said, the scripter tells us: ‘There is a river whose streams make glad the city of god, the holy place where the most high dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; god will help her at break of day.’
Throughout the speech, Obama uses the term ‘we’ when addressing the American population. ‘We mourn with you for the fallen. We join you in your grief’. He also draws parallels between the nations mourning following the shooting and the mourning that comes with losing a family member, thereby implying that all Americans are a family. This strengthens an overall intention of the speech: together the Americans in their time of mourning. The overall tone of the speech is very serious and dignified, which is natural given the circumstances. This is not a light speech that should contain humor, but is a serious and important link in a healing process. Obama’s choice of language is very intelligent and wise, thereby also making him trust invoking, as he presents himself as a capable and knowing president, but at the same time it is understandable to the masses–an important facto...
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Overall Obama’s speech is both comforting, educating and wise. It is brought on by the Tucson shooting, but deals with the aftermath of violence on an overall scale. As the father of his family, America, Obama urges people to stand together in a time of sorrow, to not start a crusade against others, because as put by the famous Martin Luther King ‘Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.’ The speech could be criticized for being too grandiose, both due to its very patriotic content and also its heavy religious references, but as this is America; the land of hope and dreams, the supreme power of the world, a speech less bombastic simply wouldn’t do. The speech is Obama at his best – a token of hope for America, and a voice that strengthens through unity rather than division.
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