1 BiancardiDominique Biancardi101596214English 101/502Professor WoodSeptember 16, 2012 Obama’s Acceptance Speech, 2012 In Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech at the Democratic National Convention, headdressed America about the upcoming election. President Obama grasped ahold of America’sattention by purposely discussing how in debt America was. Obama explained how it was up tohim and the government to provide for those in debt by cutting tax rates and bringing jobs backinto America. In his speech, the president used several tactics to state the reasons why he shouldbe re-elected for president. Obama touched Americans emotionally, using pathos, by providingthem a sense of hope for a future without debt, and by addressing specific groups personally. Helogically, using logos, stated his reasons for why he should be re-elected by informing Americaabout our recent problems, giving examples of how, together, we could overcome thoseproblems. He also provided strong examples of why his plan to “fix” America would work.President Barack Obama also didn’t fail to remind America, using ethos, of his pastaccomplishments in his first term of presidency, saying America should trust him because ofthose accomplishments.
2 Biancardi Barack Obama strongly delivered his point by appealing to America emotionally. “Irefuse to ask students to pay for college or get children out of head start programs to eliminatemillions of Americans who are poor, elderly, or disabled. I am not going along with that. And Iwill never, I will never turn medicare into a voucher.” By saying this, millions of Americans feltthe emotional impact Obama was trying to get across. Parents, college students, and the elderly,who felt they were entitled to retirement and social security, felt a great surge of hope,encouragement and assurance from those words of Obama. While Obama appealed to Americans emotionally, he also appealed to them logically.Obama used legitimate facts and logical reasoning to assure America that, by re-electing him,America would be in good hands. He mentioned that we would ne in greater hands then in hisfirst term because he claimed to be a “changed man.” To back up his statements, Obama gaveAmerica less assuring, but needed to know facts. “Now I won’t pretend that the path I’m offeringis quick or easy. You didn’t elect me to tell you what you wanted to hear, you elected me to tellyou the truth. The truth is, it will take more than a few years to solve challenges built up overdecades. It will require effort, shared responsibility, and the kind of bold persistentexperimentation that Frank Roosevelt pursued during the only crisis worse thyan this one,”explained Barack Obama. President Obama did not fail to achieve addressing many different groups of Americans.Not only did he address the emotionally and logically concerned Americans, he also addressedthe Americans who doubted him by reminding them of his past accomplishments in his first termof presidency. If there were citizens who doubted his previous statements in his AcceptanceSpeech, president Obama may have eased their uncertainty by saying, “Four years ago, Ipromised to end the war in Iraq. We did. I promised to re-focus on the terrorists who actually
3 Biancardiattacked us on 9/11 and we have. We have blunted the Taliban’s momentum in Afghanistan and,in 2014, our longest war will be over. A new tower rises above the New York skyline, al Qaedais on the path to defeat, and Osama Bin Laden is dead.” By reminding Americans of hissuccessfulness, President Barck Obama earned votes for the upcoming election. Obama alsobriefly reminded Americans of his education history and other previous accomplishments, asidefrom being President of the United States. In Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech at the Democratic National Convention, he usedthe tactics ethos, pathos, and logos and he used them well. By using these tactics, Barack Obamaaddressed millions of individuals across America. To assure himself votes, Obama mentioned alot of problems in our economy and gave strong, logical, examples of how he was planning to fixthem. Barack Obama wanted to reach out to America personally, in every direction, and hesucceeded. Probably, Americans respected and decided to vote for Obama because of thestatements he repeated, numerous times, about Americans being the ones who could really makea change and a difference in America. “Yes, our path is harder, but it leads to a better place. Yes, our road is longer, but wetravel this road together. We don’t turn back! We leave no one behind. We pull each other up,we draw strength from our victories, and we learn from our mistakes, but we keep our eyesfixedin that distant horizon knowing that providence is with us and that we are surely blessed tobe citizens of the greatest nation on Earth,” is what Obama said to close his Acceptance Speech.President Obama inspired a great number of Americans with that closing statement and heearned a lot of supporters as well.
4 Biancardi In conclusion, President Barack Obama’s Acceptance Speech for the DemocraticNational Convention persuaded and convinced millions of people throughout the United Statesof America to vote for him. He used ethos, pathos, and logos to sell his reasoning for why weshould consider re-electing him for president. By speaking to Americans emotionally, logically,and confidently, Obama persuaded many Americans to believe and vote for him. He even wentas far as, jokingly, reasoning why his fellow candidates would not be able to “do the job”.President Barack Obama achieved his main goal with his speech, wich was to obtain voted forthe up-coming election. Obama wanted to sell hope and assurance to the people of the UnitedStates and he wanted Americans to know that he would make the U.S. a better place.