This study guide will help you analyze Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on summary, analysis, topic, speaker, audience, language, modes of persuasion, circumstances, and intention.
Presentation of the speech
Title: “Barack Obama’s 2008 Victory Speech”
Speaker: Barack Obama
Where: Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois.
When: 4th of November, 2008, when Barack Obama had just won the presidential election for the first time.
Barack Obama (b. 1961) was the 44th US President and has also served as a senator. When he delivered this speech, he had just won the US presidential elections for the first time, after a campaign built on the slogan "Yes We Can". Obama was the first African-American to serve in this office.
NB: Barack Obama has also made other speeches based around the "Yes We Can"-slogan. If you are looking for his "Yes We Can"-speech from the New Hampshire primaries, you can find a study guide here.
Below, you can read an excerpt from our study guide: