September 10, 2018
2004 Democratic Convention Speech
Introduction: Barack Obama delivered the keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. At the time of his address, he was a first-time candidate for the U.S. Senate. His selection as the keynote speaker came as a surprise to many as he was not widely known outside of political circles. This speech has great relevance due to the great reception it received and the effect it had on his national exposure.
The first section of his speech he lays out the imagery of the difficult past his ascendants went through, as he lays common ground with his audience by asserting that his family also followed the American Dream. He also does this so that his descendants are not questioned since many people claim he is not American. He also creates imagery on how he and his family share the American values. Americans worship those who served their nation”Her father worked on oil rigs and farms through most of the Depression. The day after Pearl Harbor my grandfather signed up for duty; joined Patton’s army, marched across Europe.” Throughout the whole speech, Barack Obama points towards his audience so that they relate more to what he is saying so that they feel a part of his speech about American Hope. He opens his arms wide open in some occasions to lay out an imagery to the audience as if his point was between his two hands. He also makes this sign with his hands as if he were to be picking a concise point, allowing the audience to unconsciously understand there is an important point being made.
the Barack Obama Said that “Our pride is based on a very simple premise, summed up in a declaration made over two hundred years ago: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That is the true genius of America”. This statement is powerful because it reiterates the Americans were their pride, patriotism, and love for their country comes from by using the words of Tomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence. I believe this is a crucial part of his speech because Obama will be very subtle later on when tackling his opposition and claiming “there is only one America”. From now on, the audience will have this patriotic feeling and will feel prone to accept his future statements because of the atmosphere he created. Throughout all of his speech, Barack Obama creates different atmospheres to engage the audience in the new point he will make.
He uses rhetorical questions to make an emphasis so that his audience starts to question what he states through rhetoric. “Do we participate in a politics of cynicism or do we participate in a politics of hope?” “Are we serving Shamus as well as he is serving us?”- in regard to a marine named Shamus. He uses words such as “we” to assimilate himself to the audience. He also uses his life and story as an analysis of the American dream, so that they feel similar to him. He also uses groups of three to make his points stand out: “she has the grades, has the drive and has the will..”
In conclusion the 2004 Democratic Convention speech presented by Barack Obama, Barack Obama was giving a basic introduction of himself. In 2004 nobody really knew who this senator from Illinois was, but the speech given in the Democratic Convention led to his campaigning for the presidency in the 2008 elections. Also, the speech led ultimately to his election to the presidency in 2008. The examples that Barack Obama gives as being an uncommon candidate to speak at the convention and how America is the country that can make any person’s greatest aspirations a reality no matter their social or ethnic background. This statement seemed to ring true for Barack Obama. Although the speech was first presented ten years ago, the impact the speech made post-convention makes the speech one of the greatest speeches to be presented in American history.