Barack Obama Speech Analysis

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Public speaking skills are very important to anyone that aspires to be a politician. Barack Obama, the president of the United States, is known for being a very good public speaker. In fact, Richard Greene of the Huffington Post ranked Barrack Obama as “America's third greatest presidential orator” (Greene). Throughout this paper, I will be analyzing the speech delivery and the organizational structure of Barrack Obama. The specific speech that I will be analyzing is the speech given by President Obama at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. In addition to giving my opinion on the president’s organization and delivery, I will also be giving advice on what he could have done better.
Organization is a huge part of making a speech and could mean the difference between a great speech and a mediocre speech. Barack Obama’s speech was very well put together. It also sounded and looked well-rehearsed. Most of his speech was done in topical order with very few topics being covered in chronological order. Obama definitely accomplished his goal of getting the crowd excited to hear his speech through the use of a very creative attention getter. His attention getter consisted of lots of humor, but also highlighted some of his accomplishments during his first term as president. For example, President Obama stated that "Last year at this time, this very weekend, we finally delivered justice to one of the world's most notorious individuals,” jokingly followed by a picture of Donald Trump. Of course, President Obama was actually referencing the capture of Osama Bin Laden, but it was done in such a brilliant way that I almost missed the reference. The transitions in his speech were crisp, however, I couldn’t really tell what his main points were. The obvious point of his entire speech was to highlight his accomplishments from his first term, and to persuade people to vote for him to have a second term. Even though his speech didn’t seem to have a specific direction, nothing seemed out of place or random. President Obama’s conclusion mirrored the rest of speech. There was humor mixed in with a list of his greatest accomplishments as president. His conclusion also contained the only serious part of his entire speech. Obama’s conclusion ended his speech perfectly. He let his sense of humor and personality shine, made sure that the audience had a lasting image of his accomplishments, and showed that he could be very serious if he needed too. President Obama’s organization was excellent, but great organization is only one part of a great speech.
Delivery is just as important as organization when giving a speech. If a speaker doesn’t appear confident and professional, than the speaker’s credibility may be questioned, and the goal of the speech may not be accomplished. President Barack Obama’s delivery is his biggest strength. From the moment he stepped on the stage, it was obvious that he was extremely confident. He made sure that he visually...

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