Presidential Speech Analysis

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Barack Obama, the next president of United States of America, uses words with strong images and connotations within his speech to effectively express his opinions. For instance, in the fourth line of his speech, he states that “But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions- that time has surely passed.” The word “pat” denotes small influence, often insignificant. This word is implying that Americans have been too boasting about the influential standing of America in the World, without acknowledging the weakening of the country. Additionally, the word “narrow” refers to “narrow-minded” and in this statement, Obama is strongly implying that America has been only looking for the direct interests as a result of their pursues for greed and prosperity, rather than concerning about social interrelationship and collective collaboration. The word “put off”, denoted as “hinder”, also sends off a strong vision in our mind. The word is utilized to suggest that rather than choosing the rugged path to achieve prosperity, Americans have been preferring leisure over work. Barack Obama also emphasizes the word “surely” in his speech to convey the message that Americans should not look back at the past, but to look forward with different perspective on their nation; Americans should practically show that they are the most prosperous nation on Earth rather than just verbally boasting of their country. Lastly Obama raises and articulates his voice when stating “dust ourselves off”. The employment of the phrase, “dust off” leads the audiences to depict an image in their mind a hand scouring swiftly over the tawdry clothing to sweep off the dust. Similarly, president Obama is manipulating this image to emphasize his overall message of the speech: America should overcome the misdeeds and mistakes in the past and look forward for a new journey of remaking America.
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