Speech Analysis

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1/9/2013

For my analysis, I selected a speech by the President of the United States, Barack Obama, titled, “Jobs Saved and a Stronger American Auto Industry.” This speech was made as his Weekly Address from the White House, to the American people, on October 13, 2012.

President Obama begins this speech with an informal greeting to the audience, and appears to be confident and laid back. The purpose of his speech is to inform the American public that from his perspective, he has saved and created more industry jobs, and has saved and made a stronger American auto industry.

I am definitely not a political genius, but it seems that some of the things President Obama mentions are not factual, but insinuations. President Obama comes across as more of a salesman in this speech, and paints a very pretty picture. For example, President Obama stated that manufacturing jobs are the highest in four years, with a quarter of a million new jobs. This may be true, but he fails to mention that number is still 582,000 fewer jobs than when he took office.

In addition, he states that after 30 years of inaction, the United States has raised fuel standards so that vehicles will operate at 55 miles per gallon, so that the American consumer will only have to fill up their vehicle every two weeks. Really? When exactly will the new fuel economy regulations be effective enough to save the average American money? Right now it appears that the administration is trying to implement this by year 2025. President Obama states that this is good for the economy, good for our wallet, and good for the environment. That may be true, but we are still 12 years away from realizing this ingenuity.

All in all, President Obama discusses the General Motors/Chrysler collapse and how that has been successfully turned around, the creation of new jobs, more trade agreements to allow more foreign exports, and the success of the economy since these implementations. All the while, shaking...
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