An Analysis of "A More Perfect Union"
The first method he uses is his showcase of exemplary character and ethics. One of the values greatly admired in President Obama’s character, as projected in his speech titled “A More Perfect Union”, is his intense optimism buoyed by his unyielding belief in America - its people and generations. He states, “The profound mistake of Reverend Wright’s sermons is not that he spoke about racism in our society. It’s that he spoke as if our society was static; as if no progress has been made… What we have already achieved gives as hope – the audacity to hope – for what we can and must achieve tomorrow” (659). His statement underlies a character of deep seated faith in what is good in America given the circumstances by which his life, from his own words “my own American story” (648), was made possible. No one can argue or challenge the fact that he is a product of American diversity -a melting pot of myriad cultures. From such belief comes forth his hopefulness that when people join together and choose to
Cited: Grath, David. “They said, I said.” With Readings. 3rd ed. Robert Conners and Cherly Gleen. New York St. Martin’s. 450-467