Topic

Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech focuses on three main topics: hope, change, an…

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Change and hope

Barack Obama won the election after eight years of Republican rule, at the start of the 2008 economic crisis, and while the US was involved in two wars. The speaker consequently focuses on themes that are relevant for the audience in these circumstances. The themes of change and hope were also at the core of his electoral campaign, so it made sense to use the occ…

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Responsibility

Last but not least, the speech is about assuming responsibility, as the main way to achieve change. The theme of responsibility is explored in light of the economic crisis (seen as proof of…

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Argumentation

Most of Barack Obama’s 2008 election victory speech is characterized by direct argumentation, the speaker expressing his views and arguments in a straightforward and clear manner. Obama is very explicit about his position and views with regards to domestic and foreign policy: “For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of …

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