Barack Obama Inauguration Soeech Analysis

Barack Obama’s Oil Spill Oval office Address Transcript

Barack Obama addressed the America nation on June 15th, 2010 in his office. His speech was made after a BP oil spill just of the Gulf of Mexico. This was a moment of crisis, and the government was being criticised for not reacting fast enough. The President’s audience were the American population watching on their televisions and that were affected by the spill. Obama’s main purpose of this speech was to reassure the viewers that he was handling the situation. His posture throughout the speech is very reassuring and calming as he has his back up straight and he seems calm though firm, his shoulders are broad throughout the speech. Mr. Obama’s demeanour towards his audience throughout the speech is calming, he keeps eye contact with the camera throughout the speech, utilizing the television and the internet to connect with the individual, and he is building a rapport on a one-to-one basis.
The opening of his speech was very formal, he greets the audience by saying “Good evening”, this immediately uplifts the audience and builds a rapport with the audience. Mr. Obama uses many plural pronouns, this is inclusive to the audience rapport, my using pronouns such as “as we speak, our nation faces a multitude of challenges”, this make the audience feel included in the speech and that they are having their own say, also by saying “as we speak”, this makes the audience feel they are being spoken to on a one-to-one basis. At the start of his speech, Mr. Obama’s hands are entwined, this establishes seriousness. Throughout the speech, Mr. Obama uses hand gestures, though they are reserved showing that the oil spill should not cause panic, but that everyone should remain calm, and be constructive during the spill. From the start of his speech the tone the President uses is generally low as he has no ‘live’ audience and therefore he doesn’t need his voice to soar. Throughout the speech there is a sustained low tone with...