Whatever his ratings, Obama remains personally popular, widely acknowledged for his soaring oratory. His words were one of the lasting legacies of his presidential campaign and are proving to be among his most effective governing weapons.
In Power in Words, distinguished historian and civil rights activist Mary Frances Berry and former presidential speechwriter Josh Gottheimer introduce Obama’s most memorable speeches, from his October 2002 speech against the war in Iraq and his November 2008 election-night victory speech to “A More Perfect Union,” his March 2008 response to the Reverend Wright controversy, and lesser-known but revealing speeches, such as one given in Nairobi, Kenya, in August 2006.
For each speech, Berry and Gottheimer add a rich introduction that includes political analysis, provides insight and historical context, and features commentary straight from the speechwriters themselves—including Jon Favreau, Obama’s chief speechwriter, and several other Obama campaign writers. Compelling and enduring, Power in Words delivers the behind-the-scenes account of Obama’s rhetorical legacy and is a collection to relish for years to come.
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|Title of History eBook: Power in Words|
|Release Date: 10-12-2010|
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|Publisher: Beacon Press|
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Power in Words
It’s fair to say that when it comes to politics, there are few things Americans agree on. That said, there is one thing that’s not debatable: Barack Obama can deliver one hell of a campaign speech.
Even those who don’t agree with his policies can recall the first time they heard Obama, the candidate, thunder away to a crowd of adoring listeners. For many, the first time they heard Obama was his call for hope and unity at the 2004 Democratic National Convention; for others, it was the first time they heard his now-famous mantra, “Yes, we can”—with its roots in Cesar Chavez’s 1972 “Sí, se puede” campaign—on the evening of the New Hampshire primary. There are few politicians in American history who have used the stage more effectively.
You may have a different view of Obama the president and of his rhetoric in the White House. You may not agree with his policies, or you may believe, like some, that he has overused the presidential podium— or that his deeds have fallen short of his words. You may believe that his signature promises of change and political unity have given way to traditional stagnation and partisanship.
We will leave it to history, and to another author, to judge his presidency, because one thing is clear: the rules of governing are much different than those of campaigning.
Presidents have different agendas from candidates. Candidates must convince the public to vote for them, and the press to adore them; a candidate’s agenda is not to convince the Congress or the special interests to pass legislation. They are firing up a crowd at a rally of ...