A Rhetorical Analysis Of Obama's Address

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Rhetorical analysis pres. Obama white house correspondents dinner 2015 Purpose: the main purpose of this speech is to jab at other politicians, and debunk some of the things that have been said about him through humor. The correspondents dinner is an event that gives the presidents a chance to say things in a more relaxed manner than an official speech or press conference. Obama uses the relaxed nature of this address to make fun of other political figures. Audience: The president speaks of many different political issues so its hard to really pinpoint a specific group he is speaking to, however the high points of the speech are directed at reporters and other political figures. All throughout the speech the president is bashing on well known political names like Hillary Clinton, Donald trump, Ted Cruz, etc… near the end of the address the topic switches to the media speaking about several journalist organizations, then finishes with a toast to all journalists and reporters.…show more content…
Galileo believed the Earth revolves around the sun. Ted Cruz believes the Earth revolves around Ted Cruz.” the sarcasm is used to get across politically shocking ideas without actually shocking the audience. In the example Obama tells the audience what he thinks of Ted Cruz without directly insulting him. The sarcasm causes the audience to laugh and enjoy themselves, despite all of the trash talk toward other people. The president even uses sarcasm against himself a few times to be sure that his speech comes across friendly, for example “And, look, I know I’ve raised a lot of money too. But in all fairness, my middle name is “Hussein.”
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