It is my opinion that Barack Obama is a role model communicator. President Obama has found a way to communicate his thoughts and ideas in a way that many people find acceptable. Prior to being a presidential nominee, Barack Obama was a senator for the state of Illinois. As senator he was known to be charismatic and an influential speaker. Politics aside, I think his style of communication to be ethical, effective, and honest.
President Obama was able to become a modern day celebrity through his motivating and inspiring speeches; many of which he delivered during his run for the presidency. President Obama speaks in a way that shows concern and compassion towards his intended audience. His identity and values show through the words he uses, the sound of his voice and his actual presentation. When I hear or read his speeches, I get the feeling that he is honest and truthful in the message he conveys. President Obama taps in to his listeners by speaking about feelings and concerns that are relevant to their own situation and current events. For example, I believe his “Yes, we can Change” speech was so powerful and motivating, that it won the election for him. The integrity and humbleness in the quote: “So let me remind you tonight that change will not be easy. Change will take time. There will be setbacks and false starts and sometimes we'll make mistakes.” (Obama, 2008) exemplifies a person who realizes the challenges involved with change and that we all make mistakes. Yet it inspires us to regroup and keep trying for change.
Barack Obama’s communication style is one that NCA Credo for ethical communication would approve of. So far, he has proven himself to be a man of his word. He made several campaign promises; the biggest was reforming health care. Many believed that he used that direction to get elected. However he followed through with his promise despite extensive adversity and signed a new health care initiative. Although not every promise has been...
References: Obama, B. (2008) Obama speech: 'Yes, we can change’ presented in Columbia, South Carolina. [Transcript] Retrieved June 21, 2010, from http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/01/26/obama.transcript/index.html
Obama, B. (2008) The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream. New York: Vintage Books, a division of Random House Inc. Retrieved June 21, 2010, from http://books.google.com/books
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