Respond to me and a classmate by Friday!  For a response to a classmate think about how the person you are responding to has extended your own ideas, how they support your own ideas, or how they may challenge your own ideas.
Click here to watch Obama's Inauguration speech.  Click here to get a copy of the text of his speech (to follow along).
After watching/reading the speech respond to it by answering any or all of the following questions:
*What was interesting about the speech?  Give a line or two that you liked.
*What was not interesting or boring about the speech?
*What did you agree with in the speech?  What did you disagree with?
*What did he say in his speech that can connect to what we have been talking about with the American Dream?
*Where was the President attempting to use pathos (appealing to the audience's emotions)?
*Where was the President attempting to use ethos (showing the audience his is credible)?
*Where was the President attempting to use logos (making a logical argument for something)?
*There were lots of allusions in his speech (a reference to a person, place, event, history), name an allusion you found interesting.  Why did he use this allusion?  Why was it interesting or meaningful to the speech?
 


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Mary C. period 1
01/22/2013 3:42pm

I thought the entire speech was well spoken. He had many well explained points. I recognized clear uses of pathos. One example is when he would repeat "We. The People.” This helps his point to remind people that we are united even though we are different. He wants everyone to know that they are equal, and that if we continue to work hard and help each other that America will continue to be successful. When Obama said, “America's possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention,” I thought of how many opportunities America gives people. Obama mentions this later on in his speech about foreigners who still want to come because of the hope and opportunities that this country and this country’s people have to offer. I am always going to be blessed, living in a nation that allows, “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness”; where everyone should tolerate each others’ differences. Even though our country has suffered in the past, together we will work hard to recover, change, and improve for years to come. All these possibilities to change and opportunities of freedom mentioned in his speech can relate to what our class was said about the American Dream. After hearing and reading the speech , I feel as though just being in America is enough for the American Dream to start to become reality of all the opportunities and endless possibilities.

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Elliette Dudley
01/22/2013 6:11pm

Mary, I really liked that you pointed out that if we continue to work together in peace that we can continue to be a strong, successful nation. I also liked that you stated that there are endless opportunities within our nation and that is why foreigners come her so they can have the same experiences. I also strongly agree that we can work together to recover from the past and improve our lives. It is true that just being in America can be the American Dream!

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Ashley Bennett
01/23/2013 3:46pm

I agree with what you say about us coming together as a nation. Also I liked how you brought back when Obama says "America's possibilities are limitless" I agree with his thoughts and I also liked how he brought back the ideas of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I also feel that to make the American dream a reality, we need to search the endless possibilities.

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Michael Chaconas
01/23/2013 4:00pm

I agree with you, Mary, when you say he used pathos when he emphasized "We. The People" and his references to the Constitution. I also agree with you when he is talking about why our nation is so attractive to foreign immigrants because of the democracy and freedoms we have, and all the possibilities that can happen. I too also thought that the speech well written and was good in that it made references to what our country meant to us, and why our country is so great.

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Leland Orr
01/23/2013 7:55pm

I agree with you marry and i liked when you pointed out that we are coming together and getting stronger as a nation. I also agree with you when you said how many opportunities that America has to offer the people. As Americans we can move on from the past and get stronger and make life easier.

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Sean Mulvey
01/24/2013 7:43pm

Just for the sake of breaking up the "He did amazing" streak. I thought it was boring. Although he talked about a lot of things. He never makes promises about doing something with him. He simply mentions what he thinks but never promises to follow through with any of them. I find this to be a dodge of true intentions. He says something but he may never actually do it. He made promises about his first term that he never followed through with. I just feel that without any legit proof, that most of what he said was just to make it look like he is following through with his campaign "promises".

Chris Lynn
01/24/2013 8:02pm

I agree 100% with Sean. His speech was long and boring and literally put me sleep. It might have been inspiring to some but not to me.

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Hayden ralph per1
01/25/2013 12:15am

I agree with sean and chris. Obama is a very good speaker and he makes it look easy, but his speech didnt tell us anything about what were going to do to fix are economy or how were going to create new jobs. I think the speech was intresting but irrelevent.

Ryan Croll
01/25/2013 11:11pm

I agree Chris, wasnt inspiring to me at all. Very long and boring. I didnt even watch the Inauguration when it was aired because i show 0 interest in politics.And on another note, i cant idolize or be inspired by someone who has taken america into a complete nose dive.

Jacob Wink
01/25/2013 10:23pm

Your viewpoint is very well thought out. I think that you are correct in all of your ideas. We de seem to come together as a country to recover of things. Obama's speech simply reinforced the fact America is the land of opportunity, and we have so many chances to better ourselves we cannot but help to be better.

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Kelly Turla
01/29/2013 11:15am

I must disagree with Mary (which is a first) though his speech was well spoken, I found myself asking 'who is this man talking to when the average american reading level is that of an 8th grader?' I found it all to be esoteric, and filled with empty promises. When I read the line “America's possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention,” I did not think of how many opportunities America gives people, no. Where is business in America?? I have something wrong with my computer, I call someone who works for the company to help me and a man in Bombay India answers. The taxes here are so large here companies are finding it cheaper to participate in outsourcing their workers.

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Elliette Dudley
01/22/2013 6:07pm

I find that Obama adds length to not only his inaugural speech but also many of his other speeches. He takes long pauses between sentences and phrases to emphasize whatever he is talking about. I personally really enjoy his speech mechanism. By taking these long pauses, people are able to grasp the ideas he speaks about without being rushed. He begins his speech by discussing how our country joined as one by the constitution and the declaration of independence, not by race. Obama connects with the American Dream by discussing our power to continue our freedom that we worked hard for. One thing that I disagree with is that our nation was not joined by race. I strongly believe that to finally become the UNITED states of America, all races had to come together in peace. Though there are still uses with race today, our nation would not be the nation it is without the bondage of all races.

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Mary C.
01/23/2013 12:48pm

I agree with you when you say that his long pauses strengthen his speech. At times though the speech was a little too slow to keep my attention; however, I think it did allow for people to let the message sink in. Plus I think he almost had to talk slow for the sound to carry to further speakers. I also agree with what you say about our nation not being what it is today, if every race/ different cultures wouldn't bond together. I agree with your interpretation of what Obama says about the American Dream. I think it true that Americans work really hard to gain power to allow for freedom.

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Mariah Davies
01/23/2013 7:09pm

Your ideas on his speech definitely extended and agreed with the way I feel. I think he is a great speaker too. I also disliked all of the race talk. I find it ironic how he says that race is irrelevant but then he always finds a way to bring it up.
Do you like the way he quotes great American documents?
I found it a little cliché and annoying, but I suppose it set him up well.

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Baylie Rose
01/24/2013 12:54pm

Elliette while reading your post the word"UNITED", in all caps really captured me and made me realize that this is the word that makes a country. Not only because it is part of our countries's name, but also because it means equality. Your post really empasized the importance of all races being one and being peaceful, which I feel is so truthful. Everyone needs someone or something to love, and without equality amoung everything many may not feel that love. Therefore if there is one main thing to work on as a "whole", as "Country" it should definately be the equality and peace between races.

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Kristen Moore
01/24/2013 7:21pm

Exactly Baylie! This might sound weird but, I believe that everyone should be united. Not just people within a country, but people of the world. Our world is divided by plate tectonics, religion, culture, and hatred for each other. Where is the love?! I hope that one day, we as human beings will be under ONE flag, freedom to exercise any religion, and not judge mental of each other. I really believe in this!

Katie Brooks
01/24/2013 9:56pm

Elliette, your observation on President Obama's techniques while he is giving important speeches is interesting and very true. When I listen to him, I find myself anticipating what he is going to say next during those long pauses. Also, it keeps you focused in on the ideas he is trying to get across. Interesting how everyone makes fun of his speaking techniques, however it has made him a very effective and influential speaker.

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Ashley Bennett
01/23/2013 3:35pm


I think that President Obama is an amazing speaker. I also believe that his speech was perfect for the inauguration and this year's needs. He paused when was necessary and his words were just so powerful. I felt connected as he spoke and his words directed at us, as a nation. He made it seem like we, as a union, need to pull together and face problems together instead of fighting. I agreed with his speech and thought he had powerful ideas and his arguments perfectly fit into his speech. Obama also tied in the American dream by discussing our population's hard work towards the main goal: freedom, and he continued to tell that the way we can all accomplish this goal is to unite ourselves as a nation.

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Katie Dix
01/23/2013 6:15pm

I agree with your thoughts Ashley, he is a very powerful speaker. He has some good thoughts and has very good ideas about uniting our country and bring back the true American dream, not being rich and driving nice cars but freedom.

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Jake Baldauf
01/24/2013 5:08pm

I also agree with ashley, Obama did an excellent job speaking at this inauguration. I've been reading alot of peoples opinions on the speech and i feel that obama is an overall optimistic person. He may not be able to capitalize on all the things he says he'll fix, but he tells people what they wanna hear.

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Michael Chaconas
01/23/2013 3:55pm

I thought that the President’s speech was interesting in how he talked about our history of our great country, what makes it stand out in the world, and why it really is the greatest country on earth. My favorite lines in the speech were, “The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.” It really represents why our government and nation was created- for democracy and the power of the people. On the other hand, I felt that the parts where he was talking about Medicare or Medicaid and the such were rather not interesting and boring. I agree with him when he talks about how and why our country was founded, what our country means to us and the rest of the world, and that unity is important in moving the nation forward, and succeed in the future generations. I disagree with him in some parts when he really stresses change in our government and our country. I believe that he connects to what we have been talking about with the American Dream when he talks about all the freedoms and rights we have, and why we are so attractive to foreign immigrants because of all the possibilities. The President was attempting to use pathos when he talks about the founding fathers, their beliefs and principles, and when he quotes the Constitution. The President was attempting to use ethos when he talks about the war coming to an end, the recession and economic troubles coming to an end, and how everything in our country seems to be getting better under him. And finally, the President was attempting to use logos when he talks about us having the power to push the country in the right direction and shape our future. An allusion he used in his speech is when he was referencing our creation as a country and when he quotes the Constitution, referring to our freedoms. He used this allusion to remind the people how lucky we are to live in a nation founded to be governed for the people, and how we have so many rights and freedoms. It was meaningful to the speech because I felt it was important to remind the people of why our country stands out.

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Martin Dykstra
01/23/2013 5:45pm

I agree with Mike, when Obama talks about the history of our country it really sombers the mood of the audience and makes them think back to the struggle of the past citizens and what this nation had to go through to create a Republic that people recognize. I like how mike stated that America is the greatest country on the earth. Today America is the power of the world; we set the tone for the world and many countries look up to us and respect our decisions and what we do. This inauguration speech set the tone for Obamas second term, I think he did a good job and made people believe in him, now let’s see if he follows through with everything he said.

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Hayden ralph per. 1
01/25/2013 12:11am

I also concur with mike because i do believe president Obama is talking about the american dream and what it means to be an anerican, also i disagree with Obama trying to change the government and how it is run. Also he used pathos and logos to try to get the audiences attention. And i also saw the allusion in his speech witxh mike pointed out

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Kingston De Laurentis
01/25/2013 8:48pm

I agree with Michael because I also disagree with his change in the government and country. He thinks he is making changes that are necessary for the country but turn out to not benefit the country at all. I know that when it comes to decisions he can’t make everybody happy but there’s a point where some of his choices really are just horrible. I want believe though, that in the end it will all work out and he will make more right choices than wrong choices.

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Kingston De Laurentis
01/25/2013 8:49pm

I agree with Michael because I also disagree with his change in the government and country. He thinks he is making changes that are necessary for the country but turn out to not benefit the country at all. I know that when it comes to decisions he can’t make everybody happy but there’s a point where some of his choices really are just horrible. I want believe though, that in the end it will all work out and he will make more right choices than wrong choices.

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Martin Dykstra
01/23/2013 5:33pm

I thought the interesting part of Obama’s inauguration speech was how he kept on saying, “We the people.” I liked how he kept on saying this statement from the Constitution; it set an equal tone among all the people he was delivering the speech to. His speech connected well to the American dream, he kept on talking about everybody’s freedoms and how we all have opportunities in America no matter if you were born homeless or in a wealthy neighborhood. Throughout the speech I believe Obama was attempting to use pathos towards the audience. He was trying to appeal to the population through emotions by stating lines such as, “no single person can train all the math and science teachers, well need to equip our children for the future.” This line expresses how one single person cannot lead this country; it takes all of us to contribute to the success of this nation. I liked how a lot of his speech was focused on creating a better future for the next generation and how to set up a successful economy and nation to lead us through the problems in the future. What I thought was unusual about his speech was there wasn’t a classic line that he created, in the past inaugural speeches there have been lines that the presidents have stated that were very powerful and remembered; in Obamas speech this wasn’t the case.

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Brooke Lindee
01/24/2013 2:18pm

I defiantly agree with you Marty, Obama is a powerful speaker but some things he said will not be remembered as what he actually said; it will be remembered as the things he quoted. He did great relating us to the past using quotes from the Constitution like “We the people” stating that we cannot fix the nation on our own but that we must do it together. We need to trust in one another to be able to move forward as a country. Obama should have done kept all of that in his speech because it was effective and important to see how far we have come a nation but he should have said something a lot more from himself. Also in some ways I could see how he connected it to the old American Dream, the dream for freedom to every American citizen no matter their race, sexuality, or religion. The dream of a brighter future made by and for you under a government you helped create and Obama wants to make sure people know he wants to not only keep the dream alive but make that dream a better reality for everyone.

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Ashley Lillegraven
01/24/2013 4:28pm

I agree with Marty because he addresses the point that Obama wanted us, citizens, to realize that we cannot do anything on our own that will benefit everyone. There needs to be some kind of togetherness in order to get things done and improve our living and our nation. In order to create a better tomorrow, we need to work together to enhance what we all have to offer individually and use that to the advantage of the people as a whole. I also like how Marty pointed out the theme of leading our nation to a better tomorrow filled with togetherness and hard work.

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Cassidy Lutosky
01/24/2013 9:41pm


I agree with you, I think his speech connected well with the American dream, he talked a lot about how our country offers opportunities to all types of people from all around the world. I really liked what you said about how it takes more than one person to make a nation successful, it takes the whole nation. It takes all of us contributing to its success. I didn't realize that Obama didn't have a key line that he repeated, but now that I think back, he really didn’t. I agree with you, I think that if Obama had that in his speech, it would have been much better.

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01/24/2013 9:59pm

I concur with Marty's statement because I believe the phrase "We the people" has a lot of meaning to American's. That phrase was what our country was founded on. It has the most meaning of any phrase in the entire Constitution. "We the people" realates to every American and not just a selected few of the upper class, Even the poor lower class Americans take that phrase to heart. It was a great point that Marty made.

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Oz Morgan
01/26/2013 12:55am

I agree with Marty on all parts of his comment. Just Marty mentioned Obama had a strong use for pathos because he kept repeating the line "We the people." which definitely appealed to the audiences emotions. The one thing that does concern me about Marty's comment is the line “no single person can train all the math and science teachers, well need to equip our children for the future.” reading this out of content makes it sound very good but after watching the whole speech it was actually a vindictive way of using pathos to usher in the ideal of Capitalism.

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Katie Dix
01/23/2013 6:03pm

Something I thought was interesting about President Obama’s Inaugural speech was how he talked about that little girl who can be born with absolutely nothing but can turn that around and become whomever she wants because she is an American. “We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own”, said President Obama. That is a really true fact and luxury we have living in America. People might get dealt with bad circumstances but that is the beauty about living in this wonderful country, we just about always have the power to change it.

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Regan Doran
01/24/2013 5:35pm

I agree with what you’re saying about what he said about being equal by everyone’s standards. I also think you are right to say it is a luxury, it also seemed that he was hoping in some way to pass on that luxury to others. It seemed as if he wanted to spread it to other nations as well. With that it also seem that he wants to spread the main things he talked about in his speech: opportunity, equality, and happiness.

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Cheyne M.
01/24/2013 6:23pm

I agree with his effective usage of pathos to connect to his audience. But, how are we supposed to rise above these obstacles in life if we cannot have jobs to work for? In my thoughts, applications and analysis of his plan to fix the economy, he hardly touched on the instance as to where a citizen's job has been sold to another country and they cannot find another to place food on the table and provide the most essential necessities for their family when well paying jobs are becoming a god-send. It's a give and take situation which involves citizens vs. immigrants.

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Mariah Davies
01/23/2013 7:04pm

Right off the bat he has ethos established because he has already been president for four years. Then, there are millions chanting his name for whatever reason which adds to his importance. He goes on to try and connect with America with pathos and he does his same ol' faith and hope and "not the color of our skin but..." and talks about freedoms which are all good American values. The news station adds logos at the bottoms with facts and numbers. All of this rhetoric is established within the first 1 min 40 sec.
I must say that he is an amazing speaker. The reason he is president again is because he is able to seem so cool and normal and people like that. He does connect well.
But, it annoyed me the entire time because he is so cliché and he is so full of crap. All of politics is a game. They feed us what they want us to hear, but then nothing is held up. So, I don't really care much to listen to what is said anymore. He backs up his freedom theme by talking about ancestry of America and what it takes to keep it going.

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Caitlin Keyser
01/24/2013 7:09pm

I agree with you 100% he is an amazing speaker and does touch people and does connect well, but yes he is and I agree with you so much on your second paragraph that yeah he is full of crap and it seems like this is all a game.

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Eric Dissing
01/24/2013 8:09pm

Mariah, I agree that he is an amazing speaker and that he connects well with the people. That's why he was chosen over Romney. I do, however, disagree with your statement of him being "cliché" and "full of crap". I truly believe that he tries to keep ALL of his promises. If you look back at his last term, you'll see that most of what he wanted didn't get passed or was thrown out. Although all the other promises that he upheld, or somewhat upheld, were big advances as well. Now, I'm not blaming the republican party here but, as you can see from his last term he couldn't achieve a bipartisan agreement with most of the republican politicians. I feel that he attempts to keep all the promises that he makes, but it is the right wing that he has to compromise with in order to get some outcome, if any at all.

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Ashley Dettmann
01/25/2013 3:41pm

I agree with you Mariah that Obama is an amazing speaker and connects with people very well. I think that's what's gotten him so far. But politics are a big game and things are much easier said than done. It seems Obama has the tendency to present inspirational ideas without actually pulling through.

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Leland Orr
01/23/2013 7:46pm

I think that President Obama’s speech was very well spoken. One line that I really liked was “Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life's worst hazards and misfortune.” I really liked that line because he is saying how we as a nation will care for the people that need help and how we will protect its people to the best of our ability. I thought the speech was boring in some parts and mainly because of all the pauses he took. One way that Obama connected to the American Dream was when he was talking about our freedom which every American is granted and how we will continue with it. The President used pathos in his speech when he talked about the founding fathers. The main allusion I found interesting was when he referred to the patriots of 1776 and that was interesting because he is saying how they laid the ground work for this country and they left us with a government, republic so our country can be as successful as possible.

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Austin O'Brien
01/24/2013 3:19pm

I agree with leland because Obama's speech was indeed very well spoken and he does incorporate the American dream in his speech and he knows what he is talking about

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Cole Novak
01/24/2013 7:25pm

I agree with you Leland in that he seemed to focus on showing the importance of a nation that is together. He stressed social issues like gay marriage which he thinks are important currently. I understand that his pauses can make the speech lengthy and sometimes boring, but it is his way of emphasizing the importance of a certain topic. Also, I liked that Obama referenced the American dream and that is still possible at this time.

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Sam Cattell
01/24/2013 10:16pm

I agree with your points very much. While he may be weak in some areas, he is a good speaker none the less. Although I do have to agree with his "allusion" with the founding fathers, and it seems to me like every single president goes back to the founding fathers, I want to see something a little more creative than just falling back on those few men that created this country.

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Zach. J
01/25/2013 8:30am

Hey Leland I agree with you that Obama was very well spoken and written, and I actually did not see how he related to the American dreaam, so it's goo to see a different point of veiw

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Brooke Lindee
01/24/2013 2:04pm

While I am not very involved in politics, Obama has made a lot of points that could be looked at from either political standpoint. He touched on every side of many situations and viewpoints of current problems in the US and compared them to old problems we have had. Even though I am not sure where I stand, Obama made it very clear that his speech was to show how he will be bringing us all together to a new brighter future. He explained that we got out of past bad situations in the US by coming together as a nation and he plans to fix our countries current problems using the same idea; to bring us all together. One way he re-emphasizes this is when he says, “My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it - so long as we seize it together.” Meaning that this is the time for everyone to seize their dreams and their future because he is giving them the opportunity to do so, but only if they come together and seize is together as one nation of “We the People”. This is a very good point because how is one giant government supposed to work toward a better future that we all want and need if we refuse to work toward it together.

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Erica Keamy
01/24/2013 6:22pm

Brooke, I agree with you. Obama's most important theme of this speech was for our people to be united and collective. The reason this speech appealed to so many people is because actively working together is something we can all gain from. He did not speak about some of the most controversial and dirty areas of politics, and chose to speak about the bigger picture, which is what matters most in this country, especially now.

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Zoe Hocker
01/24/2013 7:05pm

Brooke, I agree with you. You make a great point in saying that President Obama has plans to bring this nation together for a "new brighter future", and to overcome the nation's current problems.

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Maria J Padilla
01/24/2013 9:01pm

I completely agree with you when you said that Obama touched on every side of many situations and viewpoints of current problems in the US and compared them to old problems we've had. I liked how you mentioned the comment that Obama made about how we were made for this moment. That comment in other words was to say that it's our moment to make our life's better and to follow our dreams. I also agree with you on how Obama made it very clear that his speech was to show how he will bring us all together as a nation.

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Gabby Quinlan
01/25/2013 9:28pm

Brooke like you I don't really follow politics and I also do not know where I stand. But I agree and you extend on my point how his speech can appeal to many different people in our country no matter the race, religion or political party. I believe he is a great leader and wants to lead people to a new brighter future. We will see the next four year if he will keep all the promises.

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Cordell Newton
01/25/2013 11:58pm

I like how you included the quote "... As long as we seize it together." I believe that as a nation, we should work together to solve our issues. Just like how families solve their problems together, or how friends stick together to help each other out, a nation should do the same. I think that I the point that Obama was trying to make.

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Austin O'Brien
01/24/2013 3:16pm

I think that President Obama's speech was good. He talked about some of the major problems in America and how to fix it. The line that I thought was good was when he talks about stuff like putting an end to this decade of war and that this generation of American citizens should be welcomed into the work force and not be forced out of this great nation was good because I just think that he might mean what he says.

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Ian Bernados
01/24/2013 4:32pm

I agree with you that Obama's speech was good. I also agree that it was good that he mentioned this decade of war coming to an end. Many people were killed in the war. It was also good when he said that Americans should be in the workforce.

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brock reilly
01/25/2013 7:22pm

I complety agree with you Austin. These are very imporant and good things to like about his speech. It's to bad that his record for doing his promises isn't that great.

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Regan Doran
01/24/2013 3:26pm

President Obama’s speech was very uplifting and mirrored a lot with what many people believe to be the American Dream. His speech was filled with many promises to the citizens of the US, which is not bad as long as he is able to keep his promises. I liked that he pointed out what he was going to do with many controversial topics that many people have a hard time agreeing on. President Obama was really able to connect with the people by basically pointed about some traits of the American Dream: Opportunity, equality, and happiness. I liked how he pointed out significant figures in American history as well as what has been recently going on like the ending of a 10 year long war. That also seemed like a way to pull at the people’s heartstrings. By the end of the speech he was able to clearly show that he was ready to do whatever he can for the nation as well as help others obtain the same opportunities as we have.

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Natalie Lazard
01/24/2013 5:11pm

I agree with you 100% Obama’s speech reassured the people that he was ready for a four more years in office. Also that he was ready to conquer many of the controversial topics that people have been waiting for. I think one of the reasons it was so moving was because of the mention of ending the 10 years war which has taken so many innocent lives. I do think he might have spoken a little too much because he threw out a lot of promises that might be hard to deliver on.

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Danielle Simmons
01/24/2013 3:26pm

I found Obama’s inauguration speech interesting, and, despite its length, there were several key components. Throughout the speech, Obama reiterate the idea of America as a whole. America, through history, has initially been united via a democracy. Despite events such as the Civil War, where our country was literally split in half, we’ve remained a democracy. I believe that it is, for this reason, why America remains sought after: by focusing on the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness of the people.

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Ian Bernados
01/24/2013 4:16pm

I liked the part where he said that all of today's decisions are impartial, and that it's up to the future presidents in four, forty, or four hundred years. I thought the speech was good overall and pretty interesting. I agreed with Obama that the patriots from 1776 didn't fight to replace a king's tyranny with a government that's controlled by a few people. They wanted a democracy. He used pathos in this statement by suggesting that the patriots fought for and risked their lives for democracy.

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Ashley Lillegraven
01/24/2013 4:21pm

Obama's inaugural speech was overall appealing to most Americans because he addressed the citizens as a whole; including all the different classes and himself. He chose to see everyone as equals and wanted to let the population know that no matter who is struggling or who is striving, we are a nation and we are doing this together. He also wanted to address the fact that togetherness is the only way to go about being a nation and getting through hard times; such as the economic crisis or the war era.
Obama also talked about how the nation as a whole cannot succeed when only a few individuals live well off, while many barely get by. I am one who has a soft heart when it comes to struggles and I am definitely willing to help out fellow citizens in small ways, but I am not the kind of person who will give up my hard work as a human being to benefit another to become just as well off as they would be without my help. Society everywhere has always been based off of Darwin's "survival of the fittest;" whether it's referring to financially or physically. If everyone were equal, we wouldn't have any of what we have today. We wouldn't have a government without the people who stepped up and had the power to declare the need of an organized institution. We wouldn't have technology without the people who had the money to spend in order to create such things to help us improve our living. If life were fair, no one would be well off.

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Torrey Henry
01/24/2013 6:34pm

Ashley, I completely agreed with your response, especially when you said, "I am not the kind of person who will give up my hard work as a human being to benefit another to become just as well off as they would be without my help. Society everywhere has always been based off of Darwin's "survival of the fittest;" whether it's referring to financially or physically. If everyone were equal, we wouldn't have any of what we have today." I agree with this statement because I am not that kind of person either, and if I worked hard to get where I am in society, then I shouldn't have to be taxed more simply to pay for those who aren't as well off as I am. Also because these people who are at the top provide employment which would help the economy not hurt it.

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Jake Baldauf
01/24/2013 5:03pm

Obama did an excellent job reciting his inauguration speech. He touched on many points the United States needs to work on and improve in order to create an overall better nation. "..we cannot stop until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like everyone else under the law.." I was interested in this quote because it made me realize that obama listens to his fellow americans and acts upon some of the problems they adress to him. The speech itself to me was a bit boring and tedious. Obama tended to reiterate each paragraph about the same basic ideas. He talks about making sure that the people who want to contribute to america are able to join the nation. He uses pathos he states that gays are treated poorly and deserves their rights. He uses logos when he talks about the problems that america is facing. Finally, he uses ethos by showing that he too is a father himself. Obama uses illusions in his speech to show america what they have been through and are going to take on.

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sven karlsson
01/25/2013 10:08pm

Jake, i agree with you completely. Obama did do an exceptional job giving his inauguration speech however, it tended to be slightly boring. I liked how he touched on the subject of the cruelty in this world and made a point to say that by working as a whole nation, not just as individuals, we can put it to an end. Obama addressed many situations and gave reasoning in how we can fix that and im sure it stood out to the people of the United States just as much as it stood out to me. I also like how he included lines from Martin Luther Kings “I have a Dream”Lincolns inaugural address, and The Declaration of Indolence. By incorporating important historical writings, Obama really showed his devotion to the country and the people in it.

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Natalie Lazard
01/24/2013 5:05pm

I really enjoyed the president’s Inaugural address. It addressed many ideas that he and the Democratic Party want to fix/work on in the next four years and it also incorporated many important historical events. He talked about gay rights, gun violence, equal pay immigration reform, bipartisanship, and climate change. One line of is speech I think emulated the new American dream was, “When a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.” To me this is the American Dream in 21st century America because there are lots of people in the lower class or even the middle class who before had no chance of moving up in life , but now if they work hard they know they have a chance to change their future. This is in part because of Health care reform and social welfare programs which Obama also addressed. I like how he included lines from Lincolns inaugural address (1865), Martin Luther Kings “I have a Dream” and The Declaration of Indolence. I think it is important to remember this historical people and historical events like, Seneca Falls, Selma, and Stonewall” so we don’t make the same mistakes again.

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Jackie Denton
01/24/2013 5:45pm

Natalie, I really agree with you on the quote about the little girl, it was very strong and touching. Like you i was impressed and enthusiastic on how he reached out to all of the points you mentioned. I feel he worked in well and set himself up indubitably with quotes from the three historical documents he piggy- backed off of. As well as liked how he incorperated not repeating histories mistakes and to learn to make our own. :)

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Jackie Denton
01/24/2013 5:35pm

In my opinion Obama's inaugural speech was moderately boring and very repetitive. This may be due to my lack of interest in politics, but I can see how so many people have liked it. He continuously used the phrases, "We the people, We, For the people, and You and I as citizens" ten times. He strongly uses pathos to try and reach into the hearts and minds of citizens. I did find some points very powerful and interesting such as when he said, "No single person can train all the math and science teachers we'll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now more than ever, we must do these things together, as ONE NATION, and ONE PEOPLE." I really liked these two lines of his speech. To me he is really emphasizing we need to work together and become a better unit as a learning and work force to sort out all of our problems and get our shit together, because no one person can do it on his own. I also feel that Obama wants us to work together in a way that benefits for him, but not everyone will agree and get along. Some people’s opinions are too strong to be swayed. I also think some of his points are completely false. In his speech he states, "An economic recovery has begun." This statement, although most Americans including himself really wish could be happening, is not. There are actually pay cuts being made since December and more taxation is sure to come. Our nation is in economic inflammation, like a stubbed toe that is throbbing and you hope to get better. Another phrase that got me kind of upset was when he stated," We understand programs are inadequate to the needs of our time. We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, and reach higher." I feel like saying “what have you been doing for the last four years?” "Our celebration of initiative and enterprise; our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, are constants in our character." We the people, work diligently and take responsibilities for our actions. We the people, are respective and work to help one another in our community. Even if it’s just helping a little kid with a scraped knee or help return a lost pet to their owner, we take care of each other and love one another. Yea, maybe not everyone is happy and helpful all the time but it’s the little things that can make a difference, and I feel our nation of citizens can pull together and fix what we have broken. Like Obama said, "You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country's course."

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Cheyne M. P.1
01/24/2013 6:12pm

The speech itself was awe inspiring and very easy to listen to. there are very little parts about his speech that he mentioned that i did not like. One of them would be where he touched on immigrants and giving them equal opportunity as a normal citizen but yet when selling jobs that belong to normal citizens, it creates an influx and need for new jobs that the immigrants have already taken. Making those citizens who were born and raised here scratching and looking for jobs that can pay the bare minimum for necessities that the immigrants who weren't born here can afford more easily. That's is my current opinion, it may or may not change soon. An interesting factor in his address was how he kept referring to the meaning and synonyms of "opportunity" which is a key concept to the American Dream belief. The presidents use of a little girl going to school and becoming successful, was an appeal to the audience's pathos. An ethos approach of the president was when he referred to the third-world countries and how they need help to become more organized and civil and so that they may advance and succeed in the country they live in. An illusion that he used was the historical date and sight that our founding fathers signed a declaration declaring our independence from a tyrannical rule of an old and withered imperialistic empire. Our nation has seen its highs and its lows and lets hope with a war in the Middle East ending and Obama's promises to keep on fixing the economy, we can bring ourselves out of this low we are in and make another high point in our nations history.

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Haley Doster
01/24/2013 6:13pm

One thing I liked about Obama's speech was his use of pathos by describing the democracy as a whole and his use of the word "we". I liked the line "Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life's worst hazards and misfortune." Obama's use of ethos affirms a promise of the democracy and he is portraying a bright future by involving the nation as a whole. I feel like he appealed to the American citizens a lot more by doing this.

Obama also stated the American Dream of "Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" which is what many people in today's society strive for. I liked the line "Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time - but it does require us to act in our time" because it states that hard work will help most people to accomplish their American Dream.

However, I felt that Obama's speech was long and dragged out. If he had shortened it a little, people could have easily focused more on particular and vital details. Overall, I thought Obama addressed the situations and problems occurring in today's society very well because he established an equal tone and stable mind set.

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Torrey Henry
01/24/2013 6:14pm

I am not usually a fan of President Obama's public speaking skills, but I have to admit that he did an excellent job with this Inauguration Speech. I was surprised at how he addressed the economy, education system, military, jobs, and most all of the other problems this country has faced in the past four years. Though I may not agree with his policies, I really liked the way he spoke about each topic. Although the speech was quite long, each of the things he talked about was brief and concise. This was probably more of a positive aspect of the speech because going into every little detail isn't appropriate for any presidential Inauguration. I also liked how Obama repeatedly said "We the people..." which not only is straight from the Constitution but is also a form of pathos. Along the same lines I liked how he quoted the Declaration of Independence and mentioned "the patriots of 1776" in his speech, which is another form of pathos: appealing to the people by bringing up values that this country was founded upon. Also on that topic, I liked how the president brought up God. Even though America has freedom of religion, this nation and this government that so many turn to was founded upon the morals of Christianity.

However, I do not agree with the president when he indirectly brought up the issue of gun control, "...until all our children...know they are always safe from harm." I also do not agree with the fact that he said we have begun an economic recovery. New policies may have been installed, and reforms may have been made, but the unemployment rate and debt of this country is growing exponentially faster than it ever has. In addition, I do not agree with Obama's views on "Obama-care", which is a subject almost purely based on party views and beliefs. In simpler words: most Democrats are for Obama-care, and most Republicans do not. I do also believe that Obama tried to appeal to all the people of America by saying things that aren't necessarily true. Such as when he said, "We will defend our country through strength of arms..." He says things like this, but he is currently cutting military funds. Also, when he talks about alliances and making peace, that is kind of a fantasy world, because there will never be peace. It was George Washington--most consider to be the greatest president in U.S. history--who advised against alliances with foreign countries in fear of provoking those nations' enemies to begin an entirely new war. Overall, I am not a huge fan of President Obama, but this speech was very well written and spoken.

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Shannon Barry
01/24/2013 9:02pm

I agree with you, Torrey! Although his speech was well written and he's a good public speaker, he really has no clue what he plans on doing with our country for the next four years. And God no, he have not started an economic recovery. Things are just going to get worse than they already are currently. He might have good ideas, but he really has no plans on how to carry them out.

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Cole Novak
01/24/2013 6:16pm

Barack Obama's Inaugural Adress once again proved his talented speaking skills and his strong message. I liked the structure of his speech because he started off with the challenges the country has overcome and advancements over time. He showed a strong emphasis on the common people that reminded me of JFK's Inaugural Address. I think his timing is very interesting in that he will take a pause when it is something he feels strongly about. Also, I thought his use of examples helped give his ideas support. For example, he mentioned Hurricane Sandy and the need for more renewable energy sources. I agreed with his speech, but if many of these ideas aren't being fulfilled it would cause him to lose his credibility. He directly mentioned the American dream in this line, "Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity" which shows the ever importance of opportunity in this country. The president used pathos when he talked about the problems we have faced in the country over the last four years and how he plans to handle them. In this line he used ethos to describe his role as well as the whole country, "My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride." He used logos to discuss the need to stop wars, "lasting peace do not require perpetual war". I found his allusions to the Civil Rights Movement helped his speech because of Martin Luther King Day and to show how our country has changed since then.

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Danielle Simmons
01/25/2013 3:18pm

Cole, I completely agree with the points made in your post. I found it interesting how you compared Obamas Inaugural speech to JFK's. You mentioned that both featured the key component of the 'common person'. But, Inaugural speeches are generally amounted to the same thesis; recognizing the past and moving forward for the good of the people. Obama's communication assets defiantly benefited such delivery. His use of emotion, rhetoric, and creditable events draws the audience in; creating, yet another, moving speech.

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Erica Keamy
01/24/2013 6:19pm

My favorite line of the speech was "But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action." It is very important for our president to have a grasp of this idea, that we as a nation our changing with time and collectively we need to improve and react to the change. Though, I am not a Democrat I enjoyed this speech very much. Obama did an excellent job at appealing to all American citizens and honing in on the fact that we are a country, all united, and all together and that we must work together as Americans to achieve success and prosperity in this country. I like how he spoke about the unlimited possibilities for an American citizen to excel, no matter how hard it may be, it is still possible, because we live in America. One of the most prominent techniques was the use of pathos, which is why I think the speech was so exceptional. This speech was an exemplary portrayal of the American ideal and nationalism.

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Zoe Hocker
01/24/2013 6:59pm

I really enjoy this speech because I think it covers many of the problems that Americans are facing right now. President Obama addresses immigration, gay rights, the end of the war, and much, much more. I like his constant use of repetition, especially when he says “We, the people,” because he is establishing himself as a citizen, and not as a more important character of the United States because of his title as President.
Also, his repetition of “Together,”, “We, the people,”, and “You and I,” are a strong representation of pathos. President Obama also alludes back to multiple things during his speech: he cited Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., meaning that when Dr. King told America that "our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on earth," he was referring not to civil rights but to the powerful will of the state. I think he alluded to this because he is trying to make a statement and say that this country has what it takes to overcome its problems and hardships as long as its citizens are willing to do so.

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Griffin Hummeldorf
01/25/2013 5:08pm

I agree Zoe. He does know what this country needs to do to stay great. I too liked how he used MLK's speach and the march in his speach to further push his point, that we need to change and that it will be up to the people to be willing to change.

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Caitlin Keyser
01/24/2013 7:06pm

I think his speech was okay, but honestly I feel like he has been saying the same stuff for the past for years and hasn't followed through, so I don’t have the most positive feedback. He is a very good speaker I just don’t feel like he has changed this country in a good way. I don’t like how he brought race into the speech. I like how he says together, like were all in it together; “My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it - so long as we seize it together.” Yet I still see no effort in a positive change, and I like how he uses God, but Obama doesn’t seem to follow through with his plans and the part where he says that he has said this before, show that he isn’t fixing anything. He does connect with the American dream by us all working hard. Yet I personally feel like he is tearing the country apart. I wasn't wooed by the speech but it was somewhat touching. I feel like he doesn't have full pride but I pray I’m wrong. I feel like he isn't going to change anything to make it better, I see people losing more jobs than getting them. He doesn't seem to argue anything and he has touch many people.

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Barbara Perez
01/25/2013 4:50pm

Caitlin, I have to disagree with you on this one. Obama is one of the best men this country can have as a president. Obama follows his plans and he is trying to bring the country together. It is happening slowly but happening. He is going to change the very much needed health insurance and he approved gay rights, which was on his to do list.

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Kanela Matey
01/25/2013 8:03pm

Caitlin, I do agree with a large majority of the things you stated. To me, his speech did seem very repetitive and did not feel intriguing at all. Obama is also a well-spoken person who appeals to many audiences not only across our nation but in other countries as well. He knows all the right words to say to makes many people believe in him without proving actual evidence of how he is really, truly trying to make a change. When he brought the subject of race into the speech, I do not mind it because our nation is made up of many different and diverse races. And if our country is to get things accomplished then we must put our differences aside and “seize it together” as one to see a change.

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Kristen Moore
01/24/2013 7:12pm

I think Obama's speech was extremely effective to everyone. He constantly relates himself to the citizens, "We the people, you and I, us, together." His speech mentioned the problems with our country and our world, which I think was the best part. Global warming, economic recovery, gun regulations, etc. He brought everyone together and told them that "we must take action to protect our children's future, and their children's futures." He also talks about equal rights and that America is not a country of freedom until every citizen has equal rights, like women, gays, and blacks. I really liked his speech, it was well delivered and had me nodding and smiling! If we want our country to remain strong, we as citizens must come together and solve these problems in our time, but still using our ancient values that America was built on.

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Lauren Udell
01/24/2013 8:04pm

I agree with you that his speech showed him making a connection between him and the rest of the country. I also think it is an important thing to make sure that our futures are protected, but I think it should be known that there is only so much that can be done. People shouldn't put all the expectations of this happening on President Obama because he is only one man and can't influence everybody to move in the same direction he does. I believe equal rights lead us closer to freedom.

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Sean Mulvey P.1
01/24/2013 7:37pm

I found the speech to be on the boring side. Obama talks very slowly and seemed to have repeated everything he said during his campaign. He didn't mention any new things he was going to attempt for in Office. He repeated the things he "promises" for, but never gave any proof to as to how he was going to do it. He does however mention the American Dream of coming to America and making a living. Mentioning immigrants coming in looking for work and so on and so forth. He uses Pathos whenever he says "We the people" which he used before every subject. He established Ethos mentioning his cabinet. I didn't find any use of Logos though. There was no stats or numbers in his speech. Just a lot of promises. The allusion that pointed out to me the most was him mentioning the Philadelphia Courthouse with the Founding Fathers. And how they wrote a piece of paper that we still hold today. I didn't find the speech particularly interesting. There was nothing in the speech that I found awe inspiring or shocking.

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Ryan Dowling
01/24/2013 11:31pm

I agree with you that his speech was on the boring side Sean. Nothing seemed to jump out at me that the next four years are going to be any better then the last four years were. I also think that he repeated things that he said while he was campaigning and that he repeated the same promises that he said last year. It does not give me much hope and inspiration for his next term if he is using the same promises that were supposed to be fulfilled in his last term as president. I like how you said the allusion was the Founding Fathers and the Constitution because I think that is true and very interesting.

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Hayden ralph per3
01/25/2013 12:25am

I thought president obamas speach was sup par. There was some things that were good about it, but mostly as a whole the speach lacked motivation and diversity. It sounded like all the other speaches president Obama has presented in the past 4 years. I belive that this speach was well written and well acted out, but it did not do anything for me. There was pathos when Obama talked about the 20 children from the shooting at a elementry school, and that really got the attention of the audience. He also used logos to express his facts. I will end this by saying it wasnt a bad speech but it deffenitly wasnt a great speech

Lauren Udell
01/24/2013 7:46pm

I think that President Barak Obama is a very well spoken man. His inaugural speech was more interesting to me this time because he was the first president to ever say, “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if it we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” I strongly agree with his statement because this is a topic that no previous president has chosen to side with the gay community. I disagreed with the frequent use of the word “God.” I have always learned that there is supposed to be separation between religion and government. He spoke about the American Dream when he talked about the idea that people in poverty can be successful and have equal opportunities. I didn’t think any parts of his speech were boring. I think he used pathos while President Obama was telling everyone that our journey is not complete until certain things happen. He mentioned the gay community, voting rights, immigrants, and children and at least one of these means something personal for each person. He used logos while talking about the problem of global warming and getting better energy sources. The allusion I found interesting was when he mentioned the Patriots of 1776 because it shows the struggles it took for the United States to become independent. I think he used this to show that we need to keep working hard to keep our country growing and becoming better.

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Jadene
01/24/2013 10:19pm

I Agree with you Lauren I found it very interesting that he choose to side with the gay community . It's was bold since like you said , no other president has ever sided with the gay community it shows that he truly cares about all of us getting equal rights and opportunities .

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Eric D. P1
01/24/2013 7:56pm

I really enjoyed Barack Obama's speech. I found it to be very interesting and not boring at all. I like that he repeated "We the people" and quoted the constitution often. It made me feel like he was trying to make us feel like a group, not just individuals. I also liked that he included everyone. By everyone, I mean, people of color, whites and gays/lesbians. He proved to me that actually is trying his best to make sure that everyone gets a fair chance in this country. Obama connected to people on an emotional level when he talked about the Stonewall Riots and other acts. President Obama showed that he is credible by proving that he has experience in office, as well as learning from his mistakes last term. I think that President Obama used allusions because he wanted to show what people have gone through and the struggles that came along with it. For example, he mentioned Martin Luther King Jr. and his struggle for equal rights for African Americans. Of course he can relate to that because, if this event hadn't happened, it's likely Obama wouldn't be president. I overall enjoyed the speech and his presentation.

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Chris Lynn
01/24/2013 8:07pm

I feel that the "We, the people" part was the only part truly devoted to us. He's doing what he did 4 years ago. He's making promises that he won't follow through on and he will continue to drive our economy straight down the toilet.

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Eric Dissing
01/24/2013 8:12pm

You know it's because he can't get bipartisanship with the republican party that he is unable to keep most of his promises. So, no, he WILL follow through with his promises, but gets stopped by the republican party before he can get anywhere.

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Shannon Barry
01/24/2013 9:04pm

maybe that's because Republican's actually know what's up, Eric ;-)

Brock Reilly
01/25/2013 7:10pm

Go shannon!

merrick
01/24/2013 8:32pm


I agree with you Chris because he promises a lot to the people but hardly follows through with it. Obama is always talking about how we the people need to move forward when our economy isn't going anywhere because of him. He is a very good speaker that is why so many people follow him.

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Shannon Barry
01/24/2013 8:59pm

I agree with this statement 100%. He's just doing the exact same thing he's always been doing, which is making promises that he has an intention of keeping, but never actually does anything about. He mentioned in his speech that this is the "start to a new economic recovery," or something along those lines. I hate to tell anyone who actually believes him, but it's just going to be a repeat of the past four years. Except we'll be even MORE in debt than we already are.

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merrick
01/24/2013 8:26pm

Obama is an overall well rounded speaker and he knows how to get the people going. The people are even chanting his name at the beginning because he knows how to connect with the average family very well. I agree with others on how he pauses on some words to make more of a statement. Every time Obama say that we’re all equal he is appealing to the audience, because the more equal you are to the common man, the more the people will like you and support you, he uses logos when he is speaking about how we can only move forward when we have made a collective action. He says that we all need to move together as one and how we should go about that with improving our base structure first, then we can move on to giving back to others.

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Nick Marks
01/24/2013 8:50pm

I agree with you most of the time Obama is a well spoken individual. However I feel that everything he said has been said before and has yet to be done. there it is meaningless to me. I don't know what will fix our economy, but at the moment I see no end in sight for the current recession and I feel like most of america seems to be ignoring it. I feel like this is a recipe for the eventual collapse of the western worlds economy.

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Baylie Rose
01/24/2013 8:35pm

President Obama’s inaugural speech was well spoken. He is definitely a great speaker and commands the stage when speaking. I really loved how he stated the statement from the Declaration of Independence at the very beginning because I could relate to it from previous knowledge and knew this statement was credible. I mean for goodness sake this document was one of the first forms of people’s freedom. So right there Obama used ethos. I found parts of his speech to be interesting such as “ That all of us are created equal-is the star that guides us still”, because in some topics and ways of life there is equality in some things, however in a lot of things today there is not equality toward some people’s way of life and that is because everyone was brought up by various views none being right or wrong. And I think it is an over statement to say it” is the star that guides us still,” because freedom allows for there to be different opinions on how one should live their life. Therefore I feel it is right to address freedom and equality as being two different things and should not be treated as the same thing. However I do agree that some things are united and equal and that is per say the “star that guides us”. So I guess for this speech I would have benefited more from hearing of ways to become united rather than saying “our country is united” and help people embrace their freedom in a more open minded way.

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Victoria Celano
01/24/2013 8:42pm

Very well put Baylie. I didn't even think about him saying that "our country is united" rather than explaining ways to become united. He gave us a speech about ideals, but no road map to get there.

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Victoria Celano
01/24/2013 8:36pm

I enjoyed President Obama's speech. I feel like he alluded to Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech through out his speech which was appropriate since it was on MLK Day. One thing that really stood out to me was the paragraph that began with "It is now our generation's task to carry on..." I really agreed with what he was saying in this paragraph, how everyone needs to be treated equally for our country to prosper. He even uses pathos to appeal to the emotions of women, homosexuals, and immigrants, as well as bring up the recent shooting in Newtown. There was nothing boring in his speech and I am glad I had the chance to read it.

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Nick Marks
01/24/2013 8:41pm

I think that his speech was alright. I felt like it is pretty much what all politicians say and yet nothing happens. I feel like what they say is in no way deterministic of their actions. I don't know why people keep reelecting people to essentially steal from them. This is why people should learn to look for more than a person who gives good speech's. Not once during his speech did he say how he was going to do any of what he said. Until a politician explains their idea in further and understandable, (not 2000 page legal documents) detail they will never have my support.

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Maria J Padilla
01/24/2013 8:52pm

Overall I thought that Obama's Speech was very interesting. I liked the fact that he talked about everything that's going on in our country and the fact that we are all equal citizens. I didn't think it was boring at all. Obama established logos by stating information concerning climate change and future generations. His tone was serious and firm. He used pathos by speaking of America with confidence and compassion. Obama constantly kept on saying "we the people, us, together" which meant that he was with us in every step of the way. He also said "we are made for this moment and we will cease it, together". He was letting all of America know that he is here to make our country better and that we are all equal. He said that "Freedom is a gift from god". I agreed very much on that comment that he made. God did give us freedom and we are all equal even if we have different cultures or race. We are all human beings and we deserve to be treated equally in society. An allusion that I found very interesting was when Obama said "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well". Right here he shows that nothing will change until we accept each other as we are. We can complete this journey if we let everyone be and if we stop criticizing the way they are searching for love because if not we will never complete the journey. Obama always says amazing and thoughtful things in all of his speeches, but yet I don't see any changes. That is where I don't really believe everything he says about changing our country. I don't think he should be saying that he will change and make our country better when nothing is actually being done. I disagreed on Obama when he said
"For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it." From what I understood he is saying that our country will not succeed if only a few people do very well and the other don't succeed or don't make it. I think that our country will succeed even if there are a few people succeeding. In the future there will be more people succeeding, but that is if our country accepts each other as citizens and they complete the journey together. There are many generations ahead of us and we must come together and make The United States Of America a better place.

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Shannon Barry
01/24/2013 8:52pm

Speaking from the viewpoint of a Republican, I personally was not a fan of his speech. However, I can see where it was appealing to the general public. It gave people a sense of hope, saying that we have the power to change our own destinies; to fix the nation by being united as a citizen.
He failed, however, to address HOW exactly he was going to fix America's present turmoil, which is a constant problem that Obama faces in this speech, as well as many others.Sure, he addressed the problems we've been facing, such as the incident in New Town, new immigrants coming to America, and the absolute mess that our economy has come to, but did anyone actually see a REAL SOLUTION or his plans on how he's going to fix anything? I sure didn't. He's a good public speaker, I admit, and makes very good points when it comes to moral issues, but his message of 'Hope' can only take him so far. That's why I was so shocked when he got reelected. Absolutely nothing relevant happened his last term, so why on earth did anyone think that the next four years would be any different?
Although I was grumbling throughout the whole speech, there was one line in particular that made me extremely upset. When he was talking about medicare and his 'Obama Care' plan, he said "They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great." It's absolutely shocking to me that he would say that. How can he think that our generation-a generation that now has pretty much anything they need handed to them on a fresh, steaming silver platter served up from our good friend the government-does not make us a nation of takers? Generations before us never had things like healthcare given out to them; they had to work for it. They actually had to EARN their rights to be an American citizen. It made it that much more rewarding to them when they actually EARNED what they DESERVED. It just doesn't make sense to me that Obama thinks that OUR generation, who has anything they haven't earned for themselves given to them, won't be "the takers". Is his message trying to portray that he thinks learning to take what we shouldn't have will actually fix our nation? To me, that doesn't make sense at all.

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Morgan Thackston
01/24/2013 8:55pm


I thought it was interesting how he went with a more general summing up history perspective. His line, “The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob”, reminds us of where and who we originate from and how we got to where we are today. I found the speech uninteresting or boring when I did not understand what he was saying. I agree that we change our ways to adjust to the changing world, “But we have always understood that when times change, so must we”. That idea of change reminded me of the controversy between legalizing gay marriage.
The American Dream includes the idea that any one can work hard and achieve wealth from doing so, this can connect to Obama’s idea of the hardworking togetherness that helped our nation to where it is today. The president was attempting to use pathos when he said, “For the American people can no more meet the demands of today's world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias.” He references a well known and sensitive subject. He attempted logos when saying, “For more than two hundred years, we have”, his evidence is that it has worked for two hundred years. He attempted ethos when saying, “This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience.”

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Abigail Callahan
01/24/2013 9:10pm

Morgan I understand what you are saying about adjusting to the change this world has brought upon us and also mentioned that in my response. I agree that some parts of his speech were more confusing than others but I got the idea of what he was saying.

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Patricio Ochoa
01/24/2013 9:04pm

what i liked about the speech was that we gave many proposals, he was trying to talk to every american in this country by showing them his commitment with America.
Although i do think that to talk about history is fundamental for a speech, i thought that it was a little repetitive and long, even thought i thought it was great to talk about the history of america because it is how a country is defined.
I completely agreed with him with the proposal of trying to be the leader of the new energy sources to reduce global warming, i thought it is a good idea that he talk about ending the century of war, but i disagree with him of achieving this goal because; the economical sustain of the united states is the war and weapon commerce so i think it is impossible to change that.
And about the American dream he basically talked about the at leas one half of the speech. He wanted to convince every citizen that the american dream is possible, he talked to the immigrants about having new options to follow their dream of coming to america.
and to end it think he use pathos a ethos because he talk to each social group and try to touch their emotions so they would belief him.

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Abigail Callahan
01/24/2013 9:05pm


I found it interesting how Obama used historical background information to tie into today's modernism and the country came together to be free and a whole separate from the tyranny of country separated by an ocean.
He says,"The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed. I agreed with the way he discussed how times are changing and we need to adjust to fit with the changes of modernization in our country. He connected with the American dream by making reference to the ideology of the American dream and how social mobility and wealth can be achieved through hard work and dedication. He talks about "our insistence on hard work and personal" and our "liberty and equality". He used pathos at the part where he repeated "Together" to emphasize and connect emotionally to the audience. He didn't use ethos really but Obama used logos a lot by incorporating facts and historical information. He uses allusions. "But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action."


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Morgan Thackston
01/24/2013 9:07pm

Abigail, I liked how you incorporated quotes relating to allusions that Obama made throughout his speech. I agree with your idea of keeping up with change in today's modern times.

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Patricio Ochoa
01/24/2013 9:14pm

i completely agree with you about the history in the speech, i think that history is the only thing that can define a country, it helps it for not to make the same mistakes from the past.
and about the modernization i also agree with you. I thought i was a great idea when he said that this country needed to be at the lead with the new energy sources because it is the future for the economy.

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Cassidy Lutosky
01/24/2013 9:31pm

I really liked President Obamas speach. It had a very uplifting tone, and it focused on a positive future. "Togetherness" was a huge part of his speach, how our country, even though we can be divided in so many ways( such as political parties), we must stick together.A part of the speech I personally really liked was, "For the American people can no more meet the demands of today's world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias. No single person can train all the math and science teachers we'll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people." I believe President Obama was using pathos every time he refered to "togetherness" or "one nation". Words like "togetherness" and "one nation" get people excited about being an american I think. He connected the american dream in his speach when he would talk about how a girl who grew up in poverty had the same chance for success as anyone else, or when he talked about how immagrants want to come to America for oppertunities.

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Katie Brooks
01/24/2013 9:44pm

Our 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama, did a spectacular job at executing his inaugural speech this past Monday. It was clear and concise and definately related to our most recent topic "The American Dream". "For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed?", Obama projected out to the crowd. This long quote deemed extremely powerful to me because it is not only showing the length of time we have been together as a nation, but we worked hard for where we are today and the freedom that we fought so dearly for. He also brings up that, "while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth". I agree with this statement as well because freedom IS a gift, and not everyone in the world gets to experience "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness". People don't realize how lucky we are as Americans to have this freedom. Also, Elliette proves a good point in her observation on how he grabs his audiences attention. Those long pauses grab your focus and anticipate what he is going to say next. Overall, it was a well done speech that ranged in topics from economy, equality, freedom, and celebration of another presidential inauguration. I am extremely interested to see how these 4 years will pan out.

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Stanley Davis
01/24/2013 10:06pm

Katie, i think you touched on a fantastic point. Most people who want reform in this country underestimate the large amounts of work needed to be done to achive their goals. Obama made it clear that to benefit as a nation, there is a lot of hard work to be done.

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Stanley Davis
01/24/2013 10:03pm

One notable aspect of the president's speach were the brief historic refrences. My favorite example of this was "The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed." In this statement he basicly summed up our ideal of a representative democracy. The speach was lacking passion during certain sections. I only agreed with two parts of the speach. "Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce; schools and colleges to train our workers" and his mention of protecthing the elderly, "For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty," I did not agree with most of his liberal agendea, especially with his reguards to interference in private buissness. Additonally, he promised all americans the right to oppurtunity and healtcare, rich or poor, old or young.

The presidents speach was full rehetoric devices. He used pathos by refering to a little girl born in poverty fighting for a better standard of living. The President didn't show ethos because he didn't need to. He's the president. He's a credible source. The president's speach was full of ethos. He concentrated on cornerin the high technology market.
My favorite allusion was to the founding fathers, rebelling against an unjust leader. It was meaningfull to me as their is a startling lack of patritotism in this country.

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Andrew C
01/24/2013 11:39pm

i agree stan, his liberal agenda with destroy private business and drive whats left from the country along with all of the jobs. i also agree that there is a lack of patriotism in this country.

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Jadene Olsen
01/24/2013 10:09pm

As president of the United States its essential to be a good public speaker . This holds true to our current president Obama . To have all of America's eyes on you while your speaking is no easy challenge and I thought that the presidents speech was a success . It was perfect for the inauguration and addressed this years needs nicely . He spoke to us directly as one nation with such powerful words and the right pauses that let the words really sink in he brought us all together talking about the American dream , something we all strive for and have to work together as Union to achieve he spoke his ideas with confidence and had powerful arguments that fit into his speech smoothly . In my opinion our president is an amazing speaker and I thought his speech was wonderful

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Sam Cattell
01/24/2013 10:12pm

I am personally not an Obama supporter, but I believe he gets a good idea across, and that is that we should all join together. He has good ideas and he just has a hard time getting those ideas on track. I noticed in his speech that he really slammed the economy and wants to lead people in the right direction that doesn’t have a downfall to it. He successful pumps people up by telling people that we “are made for this moment” and how we are more than capable of reaching our goals. The repetitiveness of “we” shows that we are united together, I would like to think that is true but currently it’s been hard to see that we are one. For a non – Obama supporter, some parts of his speech were moving to some extent while other parts seemed to be repetitive.

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01/24/2013 10:17pm

Barrack Obama's speech was incredible. It got the attention of every person in the United States. When he started to quote the Constitution's most famous line "We the people" it got everyone's attention. People of all races and classes can take that saying to heart. It doesn't matter who you are or what you do, but as long as you are an American that phrase means so much to you, This country was built on the Constitution and it will be forever. Obama took a very good approach in making sure everyone was involved in his speech. It was well written and well spoken.

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Ryan Dowling
01/24/2013 11:24pm

After reading President Obama’s speech, I thought it was a good speech overall. I thought it was interesting that he keep using phrases such as “together” and “we the people.” Personally I liked that he kept on using these terms and phrases. I felt that it gave off an impression of unity and it showed that no matter what we are all united in this country. We feel this sense of unity in the line “My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it - so long as we seize it together.” This is something that I agree with President Obama. I agree that if we are to make it out of this economic crisis soon, we all need to work together, especially in Congress and in the Senate. He connects to the concept of the American Dream when he talks about the little girl born into poverty and how she has to opportunity to grow up and be successful because she is seen as free and equal in everyone’s eyes. President Obama uses pathos to connect to his audience every time he uses the term “we the people.” This makes us all feel connected and united. I noticed he does not use much ethos, possibly because he has not established much credit in the past four years in my opinion, but there is one example that stood out to me. It was when he mentioned how a decade of war is now ending. He uses this because the war in Iraq did end while he was president. He makes many logical arguments when he says we need to be united as one country if we are to make any progress with the economy in the near future. There are some allusions of the American Dream and how you can grow up to be successful no matter what situation you are born into because America has many opportunities to offer us.

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Andrew Cuban
01/24/2013 11:33pm

This speech, although well delivered was complete BS as usual from Obama. An Inaugural speech is a pep talk for the next four years. It is a time for patriotism and showing pride to be an America. But like we have seem over the last four years he is willing to take advantage of anything and twist it to help push forward his political agenda. He says things like “for now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford to delay it”…… convenient, Obama happens to say this during big decisions like the proposed assault weapons ban. But my favorite part of Obama’s speech is when he talks about keeping jobs in the USA “Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.”. There have not be a worse plan than his for keeping jobs in the USA, over tax and over regulate small or large corporations till they cant make a profit. The hostess factory went bankrupt (-18000 jobs) Chrysler jeep company is now moving parts of production of there iconic American made jeeps to china more countless jobs lost. When Obama entered office unemployment was at 5 % then it reached 10% in jan/10 and has dropped to 7.8 and he thinks he is fixing the problem. This is not the American dream, people form England ran to America for a second chance to take risks and avoid the ternary of a king. There will be a lot of legislation passed in response to events like, the patriot act after 9/11 and proposed heave gun control after sandy hook. The Obama admin. Will scare voters in to believing that “this is what’s best for your country” but “They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety” (Benjamin Franklin)

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Kyle Dodson
01/25/2013 8:20am

I really enjoyed reading President Obama's inagural speech, he talked about all the problems that this country needs to fix whether he was going to do something abouot it or not. although, this speech was not the most exciting and he did tend to reiterate things after reading them. “When a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.” To me this quote explains why being an American is so great, that even if someone is not born into the richest or most importnat family doesnt mean that they can have a job that culd make a huge difference in the world. The Logos in the speech was shown when Obama talked about the issues in America. He uses ethos when he compares himself to most men when he talks about being a father himself.

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Gabby Quinlan
01/25/2013 9:18pm

I agree with Kyle on how I also really enjoyed the President's speech. The line you chose was also a very powerful line I noticed during his speech. I believe it that is an extension of new and improved idea of the American Dream. It was inspiring to people all over the country about how everyone will have an equal chance in our country no matter where they come from. Your ethos point was also a very good idea from the speech. He talked about women and girls proving that he has a family and is a father like many other families in America

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Zachariah Jimenez
01/25/2013 8:28am

I thought the speech was good for speech, filling the mind with hope for the future with phrases such as “Together we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.” What wasn’t interesting was how he had hit every single major political point in the speech, such as referencing a lot to the economy getting better or the Newtown massacre. I didn’t really disagree or agree with anything in his speech, because to me I wait to see what he’s going to do, not judge him by his words, but by his actions. He did talk a lot about building up the structural integrity of society, meaning he’s going to do a lot of “Job Building”. In the first paragraph he refers to America as “We” including himself among the everyday citizens. When he says “Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone.” He is saying the while the government is not perfect it is doing its job as best as it can. That the citizens need to step up and help him. He talks in the speech about how everyone has the right to the pursuit of happiness and all that jazz, which really everyone knows, he’s just using it to make him seem, (which he probably is) very well read on the constitution. The only allusion I did not like was when he referred to the Newtown massacre, that’s just brown nosing the American people.

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Casey E
01/25/2013 8:48am

Although I do not always agree with the presidents views on political issues and problems but the presidents speech I belive was well thought out and well rounded. The Innaguration is a time for Americans to come together and unite a country for the next four years even if we do not have the same views and I believe the president accomplished that.

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Leilani Foxx
01/25/2013 10:40am

Obama's speech was boring. He said what he needed to say but doesn't do what needs to be done. To me it seems like it was all for show, giving the people what they want to hear and giving us false hope. He used pathos well, I noticed how he started to say "together" a lot and I thought that was a good way for him to appeal to the people. Obama hasn't done anything, but then again I know nothing about politics or current happenings besides what my parents have told me. His speech did relate to a lot of what we're learning about in the American Dream; being successful and "together" improving ourselves as much as possible. Overall though his speech could have been improved and not so misleading. I for one would rather be told that we won't be getting out of poverty for a very long time than giving us the benefit of the doubt that America is doing just fine.

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Ashley Dettmann
01/25/2013 10:47am

It is plain to see that Obama is a phenomenal speaker. However, you need to be able to follow through with the messages you deliver when running a country. It's one thing to present your ideas and plans to the people, but another to actually carry out your plans. Overall, I found his speech well written, well presented, and uplifting. I like the line, "Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people." I admire these ideas of keeping our country unified and working together. He examplifies ideas of the American Dream when he talks about everybody having the same chance to succeed, it just takes hard work to get us there. I thought the allusion “The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob” was interesting. He's referencing to a time in our past history for us to reflect on and learn from.

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Erica Flores
01/25/2013 3:40pm

I agree with you Ashley from what i have seen i don't think he has really ever followed up with his promises from the years past. I also liked how he talked about the past and how he tied in the American Dream. I also agree with you that his speech was well written.

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Erica Flores
01/25/2013 3:39pm

To be honest I never pay attention to politics and even though I should I probably wont for a long time from now so I don’t really know much about Obama. I thought he presented him self well when speaking, and was enthusiastic getting people revved up for the next four years to come. His speech was well written and thoughtful about the issues going on today and the pastimes we have experienced in history. I thought it was nice how he talked about all of us being one and getting throughout the tuff times together. Also I enjoyed how he said our journey is not complete. It’ll be interesting to see what the next four years will be like as him as our president once again.

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Barbara Perez
01/25/2013 4:37pm

This is the first Presidential Inauguration I have ever seen. Although I don't know much about United States politics I really liked Obama's speech and on my opinion he did a great job and was very positive, optimistic and had very good points on his statements. President Obama represents the change that America needs. His health insurance will help millions of people that at this moment are dying in the middle of the street. We are all equal and because of that equality that we all shall have equal treatment and a social social security number. The president got my attention when he mentioned the well know "American Dream" and the pursuit of happiness. I really liked it and I felt identified. Obama is a wise and honest politician, not like other politicians. I am very intrigued and interested to see how the next four years are going to be like, even though I wont be living in the "America The Beautiful" anymore. Good luck Mr. President.

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Griffin Hummeldorf
01/25/2013 5:02pm

His speach was vary well spoken. He used the line form the Declaration of Independance that we all know "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" This line is a major part of how we view the American Dream. In that we are all allowed to get a good education that will prepair us for the world, and allow us to further the human race. We are also garintyed to be allowed to live how we want and to feel safe. This liberty is not just given for us in the perisent but to our childen and grandchildern. We are given this right becase of the partiots that fought for it in the Revolutionary war. I did not see any useas of pathos, ethos and lagos in his speach. He did tell us his plan for the futre and i liked that he had alrady knows what this country needs which is clean energy, higher forms of education so we can stay a super power in the world.

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Brock Reilly
01/25/2013 7:05pm

I liked how he talked about togetherness a lot in his speech. There are three times he started off a sentence with in the first ten pauses. it was very long though. I agree with what he said about this country being made on the blood of those how fought for freedom. I disagree with his ideas of healthcare. He talked about hard to get to a better state of life like all the people how come to america for the american dream.He used pathos when he talked about slavery. He used ethos went he talked about him being president before.He also used logos when he use historic refrences.

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Kanela Matey
01/25/2013 7:41pm

After reading President Obamas speech I found a lot of what he said to be repetitive. Not exactly within his speech but from things we have all heard from him before. What I read was a large amount of promises. Promises that he has made before and hopefully will fulfill in his second term. There was not a lot of detail of what he would do different this time around. One thing I do not agree with Obama is how he believes the country should depend on the “rising middle class.” In my own opinion, his actions are diminishing the size of the middle class. When the president mentioned how a little girl born into poverty deserves to succeed just like anyone else is when he used ethos. On this subject I do agree with Obama because everyone born into or becomes a citizen of this country deserves to become or do whatever it is they want to since we are American and our country should be united as one.

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Kingston De Laurentis
01/25/2013 8:45pm

President Obama’s speech was interesting because he referenced the Constitution and the American Dream. I thought his speech touched on all the points an inauguration speech should touch on; promises of hope and change. He said all the right things to reach the majority of the people. I did not like when he said, “For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it,” because I believe that capitalism is a great thing. I understand that under the certain circumstances people need help, but I believe there are lazy people and they are looking for a handout and that is wrong.
Obama incorporated freedom and equality into his speech which dealt with the American Dream and how immigrants come to America to be free and have equal rights. A clear example of him using pathos is when he says “We the people”, referring to the constitution and he is appealing to the audiences’ emotions about our country. The use of ethos come in when he addresses that he is credible about the fact that the war is coming to an end. He uses logos when he gives us factual information that we have the right tools to push the country further and to new boundaries. He used an allusion when he talked about historical events like Selma and Seneca Falls. I think he used these examples of great times in history to emphasize the great things he will be doing in the next four years to make sure we are all treated equal "just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall."

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Gabby Quinlan p.6
01/25/2013 9:08pm

After watching the Inauguration Speech of 2013, I believe that Obama spoke beautifully and powerfully through his entire speech. He paused at all the right moments, raised his voice in appropriate places, and spoke smoothly throughout. This had a huge effect on the entire speech. The words and meaning behind the speech itself were encouraging and hopeful for a nation. I believe everything he said was appropriate for everyone in the country no matter what race, religion or political party. My favorite lines were “Our brave men and women in uniform, tempered by the flames of battle, are unmatched in skill and courage. Our citizens, seared by the memory of those we have lost, know too well the price that is paid for liberty.” Because I believe it left a long a lingering memory of the ones we lost and how appreciative he is toward the people fighting for our country. During the speech the president used pathos by repeating the phrase “We the people…”. He used ethos by saying that he was a citizen just like use showing the people that he is not a tyrant but our country is ran by a democracy. My favorite part of his speech was the multiple times that we referred to historical events that got us here today. He alluded to many multiple times to show what our country has been through and how it got here today; basically how our nation was formed. He used Seneca Falls to appeal to the women and girls of our nation, Martin Luther King Jr. to prove how our country has changed and evolved with equality of people, and the Civil War to prove our country is better as one and not broken up into pieces. Overall I believe the president’s speech was moving and touching to many of our country.

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sven karlsson
01/25/2013 10:26pm

President Obama's inaugural speech was very well written, thought it did tend to get boring at times when he was being repetitive. He is definitely a good speaker and knows how to connect with all of the people watching. He touched on very good points and correctly addressed them. One thing i liked about this speech is when he mentioned and quoted historical writing pieces because those are the things that got us to where we are in our world today.I also liked when Obama addressed the problems of equality and cruelty in our world and how we are going to try and fix them. I do not strongly follow politics but i think Obama delivered a great speech and showed that he is worthy to be the leader of our country.

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William Newell
01/26/2013 12:34am

Sven, I definitely do agree with you on the subject of Obama giving a great speech. He definitely connects with us common folk and makes us feel safe when he promises us change in our nation. I am abit suspicious of this 2nd term of office, but i do look forward to how obama reacts to issues in the near future.

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Jacob Wink
01/25/2013 10:32pm

President Obama's speech began almost with a brief history lesson. He basically recalled the civil war and slavery and railroads to show how resiliant the American people are. This is a prime example of logos. He is showing that throughout history Americans have come from behind to win. He basically says that he doesn't expect to start now. He continues to say, "We. The people." and "My fellow Americans." to prove that he is " one of us and should bee trusted. This is a prime example of pathos. He is hitting on our pride of our country and pride we take in being American to make us see things his way. Overall I think that his speech was well spoken and really hit on the problems of today. He made it clear that we are fully prepared to take on whatever is thrown at us/

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Zack Kozlik per6
01/25/2013 10:48pm

Obama is an overall good speaker. He really know how to connect with the audience. He knew exactly when to pause and everythinhg. Knowing when to pause in a speech is good because you can let the people that you are speaking to soak in what you just said.

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Bronson Meskimen
01/25/2013 10:58pm

I disagree when you say Obama is an overage good speaker. I say that his public speaking is so good, that it wins elections. But, without his TelePrompTer he's speeches are noticably different. He does connect with his audience because he came a social class that is relatable

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Bronson Meskimen
01/25/2013 10:52pm

President Obama is a very good public speaker. I think this gives him a significant edge in his campaigns because the general public adores those who are confident. Confidence is what wins a close running election. Mitt romney and Obama in the 2012 election was a perfect example of how a confident speaker can win a close election

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Zack Kozlik
01/26/2013 12:08am

I agree with you because someone with more confidence should and will win. If people see that you have confidence they will believe what you have to say more over a person that doesnt have as much confidence.

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Ryan Croll 6th period
01/25/2013 11:07pm

I could honestly care less about politics personally because i'm only 17 and nothing i say or do will change the way things happen in Washington D.C. A few lines i thought were solid from the speech were "Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society's ills can be cured through government alone" which is basically stating that though society has its ills and negative points that it wont take a government to fix it but yet the will power and strength of ourselves and the strength to help one another.One thing i do disagree with is that at the end of the 1st page of the speech (i didnt watch the video cause it was too long and boring) he said that an economic recovery has begun. Sure the unemployment rate is the lowest its been in 4 years, however. We have a national debt that will extend into atleast 2 generations and they will not be able to bounce back from that, and if they do. Good for them, i'm proved wrong. Politics are irrelevant to my life as of now.

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Cordell Newton
01/25/2013 11:55pm

President Obama's speech was very interesting. It had a lot to do with change. He kept saying that our generation is going to change this nation for the better, and for future generations. A quote that proves this is: "It is now our generation's task to carry on what those pioneers began." Personally, I am not a fan of how Obama delivers his speeches. I do not enjoy how he pauses at every single comma, and for mo than two seconds. It is very distracting, and takes me away from his words, causing me to put all attention on his pauses and makes him sound very slow. I disagree with most of the things he had to say. Obama was trying to draw attention and please his audience when he talked about the economy, ending the war, and saying that all men are created equal. All in all, I thought the speech was boring, and I have very few thoughts on this subject.


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William Newell (P6)
01/26/2013 12:30am

I found President Obama's Speech to be very powerful. It uses a lot of strong and emotional vocabulary in certain sections especially in the middle to end. President Obama, however, is often known for his strong speeches and how he promises change in the nation. In reality, you see very little of the promises happening and as result some people, including myself, have lost confidence in obama's ability. So in conclusion, I thought the Presidents Inaugural address was powerful and struck at the chords of common americans; but in reality he probably wont do alot this second term of office. However, I do look forward to being wrong in this case.

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Oz Morgan
01/26/2013 1:01am

After watching the speak for me personally their is so line that defines whether I liked it or no and this is because with a speech of this size there were parts that I like and agreed with and their were parts that I could not have leaned more the other way (the other way being the right side). Obama use pathos very strongly, especially when he said numerous times "we the people' not only did this appeal to the audiences emotions it also gave every one this feeling that we as American are in this together sort of like a team. The things i did not agree with were some of his comments such as “no single person can train all the math and science teachers, well need to equip our children for the future.” this is Obamas way of persuading people with the power of pathos to see things as he does and lean towards a more Socialist America. The last time I checked the American Dream wasn't one where people were looking for handouts they worked for what the wanted. Sharing the wealth was never part of the American dream earning it was.

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Kelly Turla
01/29/2013 11:07am

One of the things I found to be favorable was the way he introduced his inauguration. Stating that we are all equal is a great rhetoric device of Pathos to start it off; however, I find that many of the things he states is very hypocritical. "Our celebration of our initiative and enterprise; our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, are constants in our character," personal responsibility? Why should I have to pay for another persons birth control? Is that not personal responsibility? When reading through his speech I found that I agreed but after really going through it and analyzing I found many things I overlooked. When I first read "Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life's worst hazards and misfortune." I found it touching, but then when you think about what happened when Katrina hit New Orleans and the leadership of mayor Ray Nagin (or should I say lack of) so many were left not knowing what to do. It was chaotic. Now if you compare that to the San Diego fires it was a much different story. We the people helped one another, there was no corrupt leadership, even with Hurricane Sandy the people helped out each other. When it comes to The American Dream in his speech, I truly find it to be a dream and much too Idealistic. Free health care? Medicare and Medicaid will run out of money. I found nothing interesting nor meaningful about this speech, and I honestly wouldn't turn a corner to hear this man speak.

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