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Akinyemiju 1 Segi Akinyemiju Becky Shelton ENG 102 Rhetorical Analysis Final Draft 26 February 2018 Strategies for the Future President Barack Obama was elected into office on November 4, 2008. He was the first African American president of the United States. At the time he was elected, he had a lot on his plate as the country was in the midst of a crisis; political and economic. He delivered an address to the whole United States during his inaugural ceremony on November 20, 2009. In his address he uses ethos, pathos and logos as well as other devices to communicate with his audience and powerfully assures them of a better present and future. The president establishes his credibility in various parts of his speech; he starts by saying “My fellow citizens” (par. 1) which basically means that he sees himself as not just a political figure or someone of higher power but just another citizen with the interests of his country in mind. He supports this identity in other parts of his speech. President Obama repeatedly stated “we” in his sentences like “we, the people…” (par. 3) and “we face are real…” (par. 7) emphasizing his connection with American society. He also portrays himself as someone with knowledge about the country he is about to govern when he said, “Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath” (par. 3). By saying this, he was able to show that he knows meaning of the oath, what it entails and means to the United States. He said, “…But in the words of Scripture, the time to set aside childish things. The time has come to affirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea passed on
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Akinyemiju 2 from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.” (par. 8) showing himself as a man who believes in the words of the Scripture and capturing the attention of his audience. Repetition was a major and effective part of his address as he severally used phrases like “For us…” (par.
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