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Persuasion; Political Paper

Persuasion; Political Paper - Leonard 1 Lauren Leonard Dr...

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Leonard 1 Lauren Leonard Dr. David Seitz Persuasion 24 September 2007 Barack Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Hawaii to Barack Obama, Sr. and Ann Dunham. He graduated from Columbia University in 1983 and then moved to Chicago to work for a church-based group dedicated to improving living conditions in poor neighborhoods. In 1991 Obama graduated from Harvard University and was known as the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review . Obama married his wife, Michelle, a year after he graduated from Harvard. They now reside in Chicago’s South Side with their two daughters, Malia (9) and Sasha (6). Obama fights for health care, education, and labor and pensions among other things. In researching some of his speeches, I have found that not only is he dedicated to what he does, but is also very good at getting his audiences attention. One of the issues that Obama strongly opposes is the war in Iraq. Many times in these speeches I have noticed that he does not directly blame George Bush but at the most implies it. In a speech given in January of 2007 Obama stated,” There are countless reasons the American people have lost confidence in the President’s Iraq policy, but chief among them has been the insistence on making promises and assurances about progress and victory… we have been assured again and again that we are making progress…” Obama feels that we, as Americans, have not been kept up-to-date on the situation in Iraq. In another quote he says, “We can’t revisit [the decision of war] or reverse some of the tragic outcomes, but what we can do is make sure we provide the kind of oversight and constraints on the President this time that we failed to do that last time.” His persuasion methods are eminent in my opinion, especially on this topic. I think that just like any politician, Obama knows how to be a chameleon. He knows what to say, where to say it, and when to say it. I believe that if a politician can speak to a citizen at a very vulnerable moment, than he can convince him/her that what he believes makes sense, especially when he
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