This study guide will help you analyze the Michelle Obama’s Democratic Convention speech from 2008. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on main topics, speaker, audience, language, modes of persuasion, circumstances and intention.
Presentation of the speech
Title: “Michelle Obama’s Democratic Convention Speech 2008”
Speaker: Michelle Obama
Context: The Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado
Date of speech: August 25, 2008
Michelle Obama (b. 1964) was the First Lady of the United States of America from 2009 to 2017. She is married to Barack Obama, who was the 44th President of the United States and the first African American to hold that office. Michelle Obama is a lawyer and a writer and had an important role during her husband’s presidential campaigns in 2008 and in 2012. She is currently an activist for women and she advocates – among others – for education, women’s issues, and LGBT rights.
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