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by Ron Kurtus

Readers have sent in a total of 113 comments and questions on Famous Speeches issues. They are listed according to date.

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Title

Country

General Why isn't Obama's speech included? USA
 
Churchill Never Give In Mistake in speech text USA
 
Churchill Never Give In Reference source for Churchill's speech USA
 
General I need a leadership speech Somalia
 
Churchill Blood and Sweat Audience for Churchill's speech USA
 
General Tips for graduation speech Sri Lanka
 
Churchill Never Give In Use the correct British spelling UK
 
Martin Luther King Dream Wants high resolution picture of Martin Luther King USA
 
Obama 2004 Convention Analyze Obama's speech Canada
 
Reagan in Moscow I remember hearing the event on the radio USA
 

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Why isn't Obama's speech included?

Topic: General

Question

May 22, 2016

Why have you left out President Barack Obama from your list of inaugural speech?

Does it smell of revisionist history to you? It does with me.


I LOVE PRESIDENT OBAMA BECAUSE...,,,,

I love President Obama because he and Democrats enacted and implemented the STIMULUS ACT which DEFINITELY helped to rescue the economy from the GREAT RECESSION from falling into a GREAT DEPRESSION.

I love President Obama because he and Democrats' economic policies assisted private employers stop 800,000 Americans from losing their jobs every month to the creation of 14.6 million jobs over 74 straight months of job growth. This is the best record of continuous job growth of any previous U.S. president.

I love President Obama because he took a daring and courageous decision at the start of his presidency; against fierce opposition from REPUBLICANS to BAIL OUT GM and Chrysler. If he had not done so today the Mid-West would have been an industrial waste land with ghost towns. Today, GM and Chrysler are producing more vehicles than ever before.

The production of CARS, TRUCKS and VANS is what began the AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS and made AMERICA GREAT!

Any president who can turn FAILURE INTO SUCCESS IS A GREAT PRESIDENT!

I love President Obama because he and Democrats have provided over 20 million Americans with affordable healthcare insurance. Americans are living longer but are sicker, too.

I love OBAMACARE; because President Obama CARES for the sick, poor, children and the middle class.

I love President Obama because he is a loving husband and daddy.

Ask Michelle, Malia, Sasha, Mrs Robinson and Bo if that's not true.

STEPHEN PAUL - USA

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Answer

Thank you for your comments and opinions about President Barack Obama. I have planned to include his inaugural address, as well as those from various past Presidents, but have not yet done that. However, Barack Obama's Address before the 2004 Democratic Convention had been included among the other speeches.

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Mistake in speech text

Topic: Churchill Never Give In

Question

June 1, 2015

In the closing remarks of Winston Churchill's speech you have a sentence with four consecutive NEVERs. I believe the correct quote only used three, “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense."
Sources:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywDZKfZ-iZA
http://www.winstonchurchill.org/resources/speeches/1941-1945-war-leader/never-give-in

Richard - USA

26055

Answer

Thanks for pointing out that error. I corrected the text.

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Reference source for Churchill's speech

Topic: Churchill Never Give In

Question

April 25, 2015

Thank you.

What is your source for the text of the speech?

Christopher - USA

25950

Answer

The reference source for Churchill's "Never Give In" speech is the Churchill Centre website at: http://www.winstonchurchill.org/resources/speeches/1941-1945-war-leader/never-give-in

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I need a leadership speech

Topic: General

Question

December 2, 2014

leadership speech I need to share with me.

abdirahman - Somalia

25607

Answer

You can look through the list of Famous Speeches to get an idea about them. Also see the Speeches Resources for more examples.

Also see Speech Writing for information.

Best wishes in writing a leadership speech.

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Audience for Churchill's speech

Topic: Churchill Blood and Sweat

Question

September 2, 2014

what is the tone of the speech and who is the audience for the speech, what is the speech's main point

- USA

25334

Answer

This is Winston Churchill's First Speech as Prime Minister in 1940. The lesson states that he made his first speech to the House of Commons.

The answers are stated in the lesson.

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Tips for graduation speech

Topic: General

Question

November 17, 2013

I need to deliver a speech on my graduation day, which is on 22nd November, I would be grateful if you give me some tips,
I need to emphasize that I had many financial issues so that my institute gave me a scholarship, and I have gained 3.7 GPA out of 4

Damith - Sri Lanka

24201

Answer

You can start your speech with something like: "Fellow students and instructors. I am sure everyone is happy to be graduating. I am especially grateful for the financial help I received so that I was able to attend this great school."

Then you can go on to tell your story and perhaps things about other students needing financial assistance. You might include something humorous the other student would enjoy.

Keep your speech short. 5 to 10 minutes is the best.

After your opening, have three points, stories, or examples. Then try to conclude with a quote related to the school or to encourage success for the other students.

Above all, practice your speech in front of friend or family several times.

Best wishes with your speech and congratulations on graduating.

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Use the correct British spelling

Topic: Churchill Never Give In

Question

July 13, 2012

You print the text of Churchill's speech but not correct. If you are publishing any Englishman's speeches then try to actually use correct English. For example, Churchill would not have written "honor" in place of "honour"

I do understand this site is probably a US-based affair and, by all means, publish great and inspiring things but do so correctly.

I would also offer the suggestion that anything of Gandhi's would also have English spelling and not American. British prime ministers, abdicating British monarch's, etc. all these would be using the Queen's English.

Thank you.

Marc - UK

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Answer

You bring up a very good point. Certainly, the text of a speech from an Englishman or someone from a country related to the UK should use the spelling from that nation.

I'll be correcting Churchill's speeches, as well as text from present and past British subjects.

Thank you for your input.

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Wants high resolution picture of Martin Luther King

Topic: Martin Luther King Dream

Question

August 18, 2011

Hello! My name is Melanie Eversley and I am a reporter with USA Today. I am working on a package of stories related to the dedication of the Martin Luther King memorial in Washington, D.C., and I have been working on a project where I'm identifying people who stood near King during the "I Have a Dream" speech. I was intrigued by the photo you have on your page devoted to Martin Luther King because I believe it shows someone I was trying to track down. I was wondering if you tell me where you got that photo because the photo editor here says we might be able to get a higher resolution version for our needs.

Thanks so much!

Melanie - USA

21900

Answer

The photo is on a number of sites dedicated to King. However, the photo credit on the picture is UPI/Corbis-Bettmann. That would be the best source to get a high resolution version.

Best wishes in your articles.

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Analyze Obama's speech

Topic: Obama 2004 Convention

Question

June 12, 2011

Analyze Obama's introduction. That is, identify its parts and explain their rhetorical effects.

Analyze Obama's use of narratives and anecdotes. In other words, identify them, and explain the purposes to which they are put and the effects they achieve.

Analyze Obama's conclusion. That is, identify its parts and explain their rhetorical effects

sandra - Canada

21712

Answer

The idea of your class assignment is that you should read the speech and draw your own conclusions as to the parts of the introduction, the use of anecdotes and such. Having someone else do it for you does not help you learn.

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I remember hearing the event on the radio

Topic: Reagan in Moscow

Question

May 10, 2011

I remember hearing this whole event on the radio, which included a few questions asked by the Moscow students, a rare event for Reagan.

One of the students asked (if memory serves), "How can you criticize the Soviet Union's record on Human Rights in light of the treatment of Native Americans by your own government throughout your history?"

Reagan, not exactly light on his feet when caught without a script, said, "Well, I suppose we should not have let them stay on their preservasions, I mean reservations. We should have made them be citizens along with the rest of us." A truly vacuous statement.

Dan - USA

21563

Answer

Thanks for sharing your remembrance. President Reagan was a master communicator when following a script. He also had great speech writers.

It was a great "zinger" from the student.

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