- Prompt #6
- October 12th, 2009
On September 8, 2009, President Obama addressed students across America in a special message about education. Controversy arose around this speech because schools were asked to air the speech live in their classrooms; while many people were supportive of Obama's concern for America's youth, others worried he would take advantage of impressionable young people with his liberal ideals.
This is an important real life example of rhetoric. As President, Obama has enormous amounts of natural ethos; people listen to him. So when he sets out to deliver a speech to a specific audience, it's important to understand his purpose, his message, and how he communicates this.
The following video is 20 minutes long; you don't have to watch all of it, but make sure you see enough to be able to comment upon it. Tell me how Obama effectively and/or ineffectively uses Pathos, Ethos, and Logos. Does he reach his audience? Is he persuasive? Are there any problems in his speech? Highlight one or two points that you specifically agree or disagree with and explain why in a logical manner.