An analysis of “The American Promise” by presidential candidate Barack Obama
In this essay, I am going to analyze Barack Obama’s speech “The American Promise”. He presented the speech when he was accepted as a candidate for the American election in 2008. The speech is from August 28th. I will look for ethos, pathos and logos, find his main argument and discuss the effect the speech has on the listener. The speech starts out with Barack Obama presents two people. A young man from Kenya and young woman from Kansas. They both shared a belief in America that their son could achieve whatever he puts his mind to. That is the American promise. Barack Obama describes the promise from line 17-36. In those lines, he says that everyone has the freedom to make their own lives as they will, but they also have the obligation to treat each other with dignity and respect. He says that the market should reward drive and innovation, and generate growth, but the business have a responsibility to create American jobs, look after the American workers and play by the rule of the road. He says that the government can’t solve every problem, but it should protect them from harm and provide every child a decent education; keep their water clean and their toys safe; invest in new schools, new roads, science and technology. “That’s the American dream – the idea that we are responsible for ourselves, but that we also rise or fall as one nation; the fundamental belief that I am my brother’s keeper; I am my sister’s keeper”. Barack Obama’s main argument in the speech is that they can’t turn back. They have to believe in the American promise, to help each other. To keep each other safes, and give every family and person in America that safety they have with the American promise. In the speech he says; “Instead, it is the American spirit – that American promise – that pushes is forward even when the path is uncertain; that binds us together in spite of our differences; that makes us fix our...
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