Topic

Barack Obama’s inaugural address from 2009 was delivered on the occasion of Barack Obama taking the US presidential oath for the first time. Consequently, this is a political speech that focuses on American society and politi…

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Responsibility

The main topic of the speech is that of responsibility (accountability), both of American society and American government: “What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility – a recognition on the part of every American that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world…” 

In exploring this overall topic, the speaker touches upon specific issues in American society: the war on terror, the shrinking economy, the expensive healthcare system, and the weak educational system. Each of these issues is con…

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Argumentation

There are two ways in which speakers can choose to argue for their views—direct and hidden argumentation. When speakers use direct argumentation, they choose to present their views and arguments openly and explicitly. When speakers use hidden argumentation, they use examples, facts, or case studies that support their views, but they let the audience infer the arguments.

Barack Obama’s inaugural address from 2009 is an example of direct argumentation. Throughout the speech, there are …

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