In Obama's Tulane speech, he opened up with a sincere recognition towards the youth in America. He stated that a young man went up to him and explained how he had never been interested in politics up until Obama came into the picture. Right away, Obama used the art of persuasion to attract the attention of the audience showing that he stands out from any other previous competitors. In a university, which is obviously populated by mostly young adults, this was something that would attract the audience's mind and listen with their minds open to a new, fresh beginning that Obama promised to offer.
From this Obama proceeds with his admiration and appreciation of the what New Orleans has overcome in its history. His knowledge and appreciation for the origination of jazz, the different races and religions working together to build the city, and the general overcoming of struggles that the city had to go through made the audience feel proud of their city and its accomplishments. After Obama finished giving New Orleans its credit, he mentioned that it also had its faults. Obama stated how the very spots where they were was covered three feet underwater, and how now the electric street cars are up and running once again. “Change in America happens from the bottom up,” was used as a metaphor towards how New Orleans hit rock bottom and worked its way back up as a result of everyone working together.
If one were to take a close look at several of Obama's speeches, it is obvious that he constantly tries to bash the word “I” and encourage the words “We” and “Us.” Obama is all for spreading the message that if put aside our differences and work together, we can achieve wonders beyond our expectations. He addresses how the American government is in fact not doing the job that they are supposed to be