Speeches That Changed the World

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I.Setting/Climate of the Speech

A. The Speaker: Michelle Obama is the first African-American woman to become first lady of the United States. She is the wife of Barack Obama, the 44th and current President of the United States. Michelle started taking gifted classes by sixth grade. She went to Harvard for law school and earned her J.D (Obama, 2013). According to New York Times, she founded the Chicago office of Public Allies, which is a nonprofit program that works with young leaders on social issues. Michelle advocates for the fight against childhood obesity and has started the Let’s move initiative, a new fitness program for kid. B. The Occasion: This speech was delivered recently on September 4th 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Democratic National Convention. During this time just prior to the 2012 election, the United States was facing one of the hardest, challenging economic crises (Obama, 2012). Michelle advised voters to Obama not just as the President but also as someone who is a caring husband and father who understands the struggles and hardship of every American. Her speech was given in an effort to extend the President Obama’s term from one term to two terms in office (Epstein, 2012). C. The Audience: Americans, democratic delegates, and public officials attended the 2012 Democratic National Convention to support President Barack Obama. The speech was received well by viewers and commentators alike whom agreed it was a political victory. D. The Impact of the speech: Michelle was involved heavily in the 2012 campaign for Obama’s reelection but this speech in particular was memorable and significant. It was stated by Huffington post that the speech “electrified” the crowd. She connected with the people of the United States on personal level, allowing people to trust that President Obama has the best interest of everyone in mind (Pace, 2012). The speech showed real connection and experiences similar to the ones the every American can...
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