President Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th president of the United States of America and marked his second term as US president. Obama’s theme for his second inaugural address was “Faith in America’s Future”, which emphasizes the virtues of determination, perseverance and harmony. In his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama emphasized the need to strengthen middle class families in the United States. Key policy issues regarding immigration, climate change and gun control also took center stage in the inaugural address. At the initial phase of his address, President Obama highlighted equality and human rights which was articulated in the Declaration of Independence. Obama stated that freedom is indeed a gift from God, but humans must take steps to secure this freedom. He stressed that there is still more progress yet to be made on human and civil rights of United States citizens, particularly the rights of women, the minority groups and for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Obama also stressed the importance of immigration, gun control and climate change in this decade. Obama assured the public that his administration will respond appropriately to these threats in order to protect the future generations of Americans. He urged America to lead in this area, particularly in climate change and making the transition to support sustainable energy. Inequality of wealth is another issue addressed in this speech and Obama notes that succeed cannot be achieved if wealth is concentrated to the very few while a growing number barely make ends meet. He also acknowledged that rising healthcare costs is another area to be addressed and that agencies such as Medicare and Social Security only serve to strengthen America.
President Obama in his speech with regard to the tragedy that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School at Newtown Connecticut tried to lift the spirits and hearts of those who lost their dear ones. With his remarks and solace he tried to provide a brief relief to the families and people of Newtown. He stood with the families of victims and people of Newtown by stating that “You are not alone in your grief”. He challenged the audience to gather as one nation for ensuring the safety of each child. For achieving his purpose through out the speech the President used various rhetorical devices like word diction, images, humor, repetition, logos, pathos and egos. This paper analyses the speech of the President Obama on the basis of Lloyd Bitzer’s rhetorical situation.
Brookings Institute’s Darrell M. West gives President Barack Obama a grade of B+ on his leadership. In support of his grading, Darrell argues that President Obama has the real chance of securing major achievements that many Presidents have failed at including the comprehensive healthcare reform, billions of investments in health information technology, education, energy efficiency, and broadband technology. Mr. Brooks also credit President Obama with repairing damaged relationships with foreign governments and has even utilized tax cuts despite having a reputation of favoring tax hikes. Darrell also argues that President Obama has fulfilled his promise of employing technology to reform the public sector and has increased government transparency and accountability through initiatives such as Recovery.gov. President Obama’s Administration has also placed more data online and he would be remembered as America’s first Digital President. Darrell also gives credit to President Obama for creating an environment of optimism in the country and the ability to inspire people (West, 2010).