B. Prepared Remarks of President Barack Obama: Back to School Event
On 8th September, 2009 President Barack Obama held a speech at Wakerfield High School in Arlington, Virginia, which focuses on how important education is for their country now and for its future. It was the first day of school for numerous of children all around America, and on the very same day Barack Obama shared a little bit of his childhood and how he struggled when he was young. The speech is based on responsibility and not giving up on education, he also mentions some people who are successful today and talk about how they got there, and that the students of America can do the same, if they were responsible enough to do their part for the country. It's as if, he asks the students, if they could do him a favor, and the more they educate themselves, the more he will make sure the students have the books, classrooms, equipment and computers they need to fulfill their education. He mentions a lot of values in his speech, but something he repeats the most and is the message of his speech is to never give up. Barack Obama starts his speech by asking the students “how's everybody doing today?”, already in the very beginning of his speech, he uses a simple language, which makes it easier for the younger audience to understand. A simple language and syntax is being used throughout the whole speech, and pathos when he tells about his own experience and expresses how he feels on this matter in the speech, which in general, makes it easier to earn people's attention. “I know the feeling. When I was young my family lived in Indonesia for a few years, and my mother didn't have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday – at 4:30 in the morning.” Feelings are important to use, especially when the speaker is trying to make a statement, and in this case it will make the listeners think that they aren't the only...
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