The Two Speeches

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In 2008 history was made when President Obama was elected to office, and whether you agree with his policies, he is the nation’s first black president which is a milestone for America. In 2013 he was reelected to office. Both these elections he gave an inauguration speeches, which is customary, both with the same basic message “America has a lasting legacy and even though she has problems we will overcome them.”
In both speeches he talks about the lasting legacy America has both around the world and throughout time. He talks about the sacrifices that previous generations make for our country. He references the American Revolution, in both speeches, as well as other major battle ...view middle of the document...

In 2013 he tells us that, we are in the process of change “we have always understood that when times change… (Obama 13).” He uses this to bring up the issues that we face currently.
Every country faces challenges, whether they are social, economic or environmental. Obama addresses each of these challenges in each of his speeches. Let us begin with his viewpoints on the environmental challenges in America. Ever since Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” the environment has been a huge focus during political debates. Obama felt the need to address this topic. In his 2009 speech he offers what he hopes to do for the environment during his presidency, “We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories (Obama 09).” However, in his 2013 speech he seems to address what exactly the environmental problems our country faces a little more clearly. During this speech he clearly believes in the danger of climate change, an issue which its danger is debatable. He states that if we do not do something about climate change the results would “betray our children and future generations (Obama 13).” Another big issue that every political speech hits on today is the economy. Obama addressed it in his 2009 speech by saying “The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act - not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.” With this statement he means just fixing problems here and there will not fix the problem the only way to fix the economy is to start over with a new system. In 2013 he further discusses what he learned about the economy. He states that “we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play,” which is true in a sense but he fails to see the problem with too many rules may make the game too difficult to play. Quite possibly the largest of the challenges America faces, mainly because of the mass volume it covers, is social issues, such as education, health care and gay marriage. In both of his speeches he talks about the issue of education within our country. In his 2009 he brings up the issue of the education system by saying “we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.” With this he means that he wants to reform our education system to better fit the educational needs of today. In 2013 he states again that we need to “reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the...

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