by Ron Kurtus
Readers have sent in a total of 113 comments and questions on Speeches issues. They are listed according to date.
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How to write an inaugural address for Obama?
November 30, 2008
I am doing a project on Barack Obama. I am supposed to write an inaugural address for Barack Obama. How would I do it?
Nneoma - USA (16869)
You can look at the other inaugural addresses in our site to get an idea of how the new Presidents open their talks and give their hopes for the future.
Typically, the inaugural address mentions positive plans and hopes for the futures. It also tries to inspire people to follow and help out. A good example is the speech Obama made when he was elected:
You can use some ideas from that speech to see the issues he is concerned about: the economy, war, health insurance and education. Certainly, you don't want to write a speech as long as that one, but if you touch on a few items of importance.
For example, "In my upcoming administration, we will seek to have members of both political parties work together to solve our economic crisis. We believe we can make a unified effort that working people will not lose their homes or jobs. America has great potential to bounce back."
I hope these ideas help you do well in your essay.
Wants to know examples of imagery in speech
November 13, 2008
I would like to know where new ideas are presented and grouped. What are the examples of effective imagery, Repetition and/or emotional appeal used by the speaker. Thank you.
Leo - USA (16796)
It is the job of the student to analyze the content of the speech, otherwise nothing is learned. Certainly, you could find examples of repetition, imagery and emotional appeal in the speech.
What personal quality does Kennedy request?
November 3, 2008
What Quality of a person is reflected in the last paragraph of President John F. Kennedy's inaugural address?
Anastasia - Philippines (16731)
Kennedy is asking people to be altruistic and to help the country and the world by their good deeds.
What was going on when Churchill give this speech?
September 22, 2008
What was going on in this time that Churchill said this speech?
How was the war inproving the country?
Who gave supplied wepons to them, or did they make them them selves?
"It is generally said that the British ar3e often better at the "Why did he say that? The last sentence of the 2nd paragraph how is they?
Shiloh - USA (16530)
The speech was given on October 29, 1941 which was during World War II. Great Britain was being bombed by the Germans. But Churchill tried to encourage the people to be brave and to fight back. This resolved brought the country together against their enemies.
How does Clinton's speech compare to King's?
September 16, 2008
What does Clinton want to achieve in his speech (19th january,1997) in comparison to martin luther king in his "i have a dream" speech?
- Germany (16511)
The purpose of Bill Clinton's second inaugural address is to recap what has been done and to state his vision for the U.S. in his next term in office. On the other hand Martin Luther King was stating a dream or vision of racial equality and harmony among people.
One person was in public office and said what he plans to do to produce equality, while the other was eliciting the government to take action for that cause.
Why didn't Clinton address digitaries
June 18, 2008
I have carefully gone through the clinton inaugural speech but made to understand that it first lack the long protocols we in Africa are used to by acknowledging the presence of some diginitries present during the occasion. In Nigeria for instace is not enough to address people without mentioning the influencials that grace the occasion.
My Question is was the speech delivered in the mass media or publicly.
Babangida - Nigeria (16104)
The presidential inaugural speech is made right after the new president is sworn in. It is delivered before an audience and is also televised. Dignitaries, including the previous president, are in presence at the speech.
It is unusual that President Clinton did not address other dignitaries or influentials in his speech. It is common practice in such a speech. If you look at President Ronald Reagan's speech, as well as other inaugural speeches, you will see that they addressed the important people in the audience.
Was JFK's speech informative or persuasive?
May 3, 2008
was jonh f kennedy's inaugural speech an informative speech or a persuasive speech.
michaelah - USA (15861)
The purpose of an inaugural speech is for the new President to make an introduction to the public and inform them about some of the plans for the future.
In later speeches, the President--in this case John F. Kennedy--would use persuasion to get the people to believe in his views or ideas.
Is Kennedy's speech better read or heard?
December 16, 2007
In your opinion does John F. Kennedy inaugural address come across beter on the written page or from the recorded footage of the actaul speech?
Monique - USA (14981)
Kennedy's speech was well-written, but the written version does not include the inflections and emphasis of the spoken speech. Kennedy was a very good orator, and he could inspire the audience when he spoke.
What is the point of this speech?
September 19, 2007
i would just like to know what the main piont of this speach is?......please get back with me as soon as possible thanx.....
- USA (14412)
Lincoln was honoring the men that fought and died on the battlefield at Gettysburg.
What kind of body language did Kennedy use?
June 29, 2007
My question is what kind of body language did the president use to make his speech persuasive?
Vivian - USA (14000)
Certainly, he made gestures and facial expressions, but since he was standing behind a lectern while giving his speech, I don't think there was any special body language used. More importantly were his vocal expressions.
What is the Emancipation Proclamation
June 10, 2007
What is the Emancipation Proclamation the King mentions at the beginning of his speech? Who signed it?
thadsha - India (13908)
The Emancipation Proclamation was signed by Abraham Lincoln to free the slaves.
Why is King giving this speech?
June 9, 2007
WHY IS KING GIVING THIS PARTICULAR SPEECH?
TO WHOM KING SPEAKING? HOW DOES THIS INFLUENCE THE CONTENT OF HIS SPEECH?
THADSHA - India (13902)
He is giving the speech to inspire the people that are protesting for Civil Rights at the Lincoln Memorial.
Can you explain the incorrectness of Lincoln
June 8, 2007
Can you explain the incorrectness of Lincoln saying "dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal" as of the date of adopting our Constitution, when, in fact, slaves were counted as three-fifths of a person and not equal? (I wrote a U. S. history book.)
Thomas - USA (13899)
At the time that our Constitution was adopted, various interest groups argued about what should be in the document. Perhaps that "dedicated to the proposition that all male landowners are created equal" would be a more realistic statement.
I think Lincoln was making his statement as a means of persuasion of his view that slaves should also be considered people. But also of note, that "men" did not include women in the group being equal.
This statement wasn't incorrect as much as a rhetorical device.
What revolutions was Kennedy talking about?
April 17, 2007
I was wondering which revolution was President Kennedy talking about in the beginning of the Inaugural Speech.
Thanks in advance for your answer.
- Australia (13586)
Kennedy was first talking about the American Revolutionary War. Although he didn't mention it by name, he alluded to the communist revolution which resulted in tyranny. The next revolution he talked about was to reduce poverty in the world. He did this by creating the Peace Corps.
What were the results of Churchill's speech?
April 3, 2007
What were the results of the speech? What happened after he gave the speech?
- USA (13485)
The speech inspired the British people to move forward in their battle against Germany at the beginning of World War II.
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