Commentary'- Obamas Inauguration Speech

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Commentary                    Falk Konstantin Luebbe                        05/02/09

President Obama’s Inauguration Speech

Barack Obama made his Inauguration Speech to the citizens of America. He talks about challenges that America faces and that he, with the help of the whole nation, will meet them and try to overcome them.

The main idea of the whole speech is certainly unity. He tries to convince the nation to work together to overcome all problems, to take responsibility. Solving all those problems, which he metaphorically describes as  ”gathering clouds and raging storms”, is not the task of himself or the government. Everybody is involved and feels concerned.

Obama uses several literary features to underline the importance of this argument. By always repeating words like “we”, “us” he universalises his idea. But also by using examples of normal citizens like a ”fire fighter” who “storms a stairway filled with smoke” he shows that he’s talking to every individual.

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Obama tries to encourage the population not to surrender, to “pick [themselves] up and begin the work of remaking America” and says that it’s possible. He uses the Anaphor “All this we can do. And all this we will do” to convince the population. He also tries to encourage the people by reminding them of the past. “For us, they travelled across oceans in search of a new life. For us, they settled the west. For us, they fought and died in places like Concord.” Using this anaphor, Obama encourages the population with the thought that these things shall not ...

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