Obama Speech Structure on how creates rapport!
Barack Obama creates rapport with his audience during his victory acceptance speech in a multitude of ways. In terms of structure at the later part, he starts with “This election had many firsts and many stories that will be told for generations” He begins with a very emotional sentence in which the word 'many' is repeated after 'this election' stating the importance of the election and how Obama feels the effect it has on the citizens of America. He is creating a sense of history. Obama then personalises it with Ann Nixon Cooper. He is reducing the masses to one person, ‘making voice heard'. His final words are '106 years old', he's making the ordinary into extraordinary, one woman who is 106 years old. Obama then uses Ann Nixon Cooper to famous historic events she has lived through. “She was there for the buses in Montgomery, the hoses in Birmingham, a bridge in Selma, and a preacher from Atlanta who told a people that ‘we shall overcome’”. He is invoking the memories of various significant moments in the civil rights movement. Obama avoids referring to his victory as a part of this history despite the rest of the world obsessing with this moment. He is defining himself as a president not a black president, but referring to Ann he is demonstrating that he is aware of the racial element. Also finishes off with a highly emotive quote “we shall overcome” from Martin Luther King. “A man touched down on the moon; a wall came down in Berlin…” Touching on the moon landing, which is a proud American moment and the symbolic fall of Communism, which also an implied victory of capitalism. Obama is exclaiming that America has come through from the darkest of hours to enjoy times of happiness. If America can do it 40 years ago, then they can overcome the economic problems today. Obama comes back to Ann again; he is using Ann as an American symbol of change. Ann is the change Obama wants to bring in with his presidency. She is...
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