Campaign Speeches Presentation Destiny moore

Barack Obama- Remarks to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

The main points in Obama's speech include, but are not limited to...

  • Doubling the foreign assistance in order to invest in security and opportunity
  • Establishing a Global Education fund in order to eliminate the global education deficit
  • Building stronger alliances to share information, pool resources, and break up terrorist networks that operate in more than eighty countries
  • Making global efforts to keep the world's deadliest weapons out of the world's most dangerous hands

Strongest Rhetorical Devices in the Speech

  • In his speech, one of Obama's strongest devices is diction. He makes the audience feel as thought he is to be trusted, strengthening his ethos, and he evokes emotional appeal to his audience, strengthening his pathos. In an example of his diction, he states," But if the next president can restore the American people's trust- if they know that he or she is acting with their best interests at heart, with prudence and wisdom, and some measure of humility- then I believe the American people will be ready to see American lead again," (Obama 2007).
  • Another one of Obama's strongest devices he uses in his speech is logical appeal. He makes the audience think that his side of the argument make sense and he appeals to the audience logically. For instance, he states," In this way, fifty billion dollars a year in foreign aid- which is less than one-half of one percent of our GDP- doesn't sound as costly when you consider that last year, the Pentagon spent nearly double that amount in Iraq alone," (Obama 2007).

Worst Rhetorical Fallacies in the Speech

  • Although Barack Obama's speech was rhetorically strong, one of his fallacies was assertion. Even if some of his claims maybe true, there is no tangible proof in some of them. For example, assertion is shown when he made the claim that doubling the foreign assistance spending will help meet the challenge laid out by Tony Blair to increase the aid for Africa and push the rest of the developing world to invest in security and opportunity (Obama 2007). Unfortunately, there is no physical proof that this can and will be achieved.
  • Another fallacy in his speech is over generalization. In some of his remarks, he over generalizes some of the opinions and thoughts of the people.

Overview of Speech

Based upon my observations of the speech, this speech was overall effective according to the Aristotle Triangle because it mostly gave factual evidence and allowed the audience to trust the speaker. It also allowed the audience to believe that what he was saying in the speech made logical sense.

Mitt Romney-Remarks announcing Candidacy in Stratham, New Jersey

The main points in Mitt Romney's speech include, but are not limited to...

  • He states that he will cap federal spending at 20% or less of the GDP and finally balance the budget
  • He will return responsibility and authority to the states for dozens of government programs- beginning with the complete repeal of Obamacare
  • He will make business taxes competitive with other nations, modernize regulations and bureaucracy and finally promote America's trade interests.

Strongest Devices in the Speech

Mitt Romney uses great repetition in his speech. He repeats the phrase "Three years later..." to emphasize his opinion and make the audience feel as though he is the right candidate.

Mitt Romney also uses credentials to show that he is a trustworthy candidate. He states that he has had experience as being a businessman and a governor. He states that he knows how to deal with certain situations and can make sure that everything is handled correctly.

Weakest Fallacies in this Speech

Mitt Romney uses name calling in his speech. He calls President Obama out on his character rather than addressing the topic at hand that he is a substantial presidential candidate.

Mitt Romney also uses faulty analogy in his speech. He incorrectly compares business to being President of the United States.

Overview of Speech

Based upon the rhetorical triangle, Mitt Romney's speech is a strong argument because it shows that he can be trusted to be rightful presidential candidate, however it does not show that he could be a rightful president.


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