Osama Bin Laden Speech Analysis

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On May 2nd 2011, Commander in Chief, President Barack Obama gave a speech to address the death of Osama Bin Laden. This was one of the most well known speeches, Obama has given throughout his first term, as president of the United States. This speech contains many elements, techniques and other content that make it very well articulated and well thought out. It also shows just how well President Obama, knows how to manipulate words to his advantage deliver a good speech.
The United States of America held their breath as President Barack Obama gave his speech. The speech was given in the East Room of the White House, at approximately 11:35pm. In the speech, he informs the audience about what was going on and the importance of capturing Osama
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The audience is also not shown. This is probably to make sure Obama’s words or message is not drowned by any other noises. After greeting the audience, he gets right to the point with his message on the operation that was carried out, to capture or kill the leader of Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden. He also vaguely describes what Osama Bin Laden was responsible for, to get support for his decision from the audience. (Obama) “and so we went to war against Al Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies.” (Phillips) Obama also addresses the issue as well as provide an understanding to why he made the …show more content…
This also grips the audience and helps them understand what the speech is going to be about.
Obama’s facial expressions and speech patterns are also very important to look at. He does not smile. His voice has a very neutral and serious tone to it. It does not change throughout the speech. This helps keep the speech at a steady pace as well as help it transition in one smooth rhythm. He also uses hand movements here and there as emphatic body technique. These hand movements help punctuate his speech as well convey the emotion and importance of his points. These emotions include sympathy, empathy, and support. President Barack Obama’s ability to utilize and perfect his words, make him a very powerful public speaker. It is if as though he knows exactly what to say to target and grab the attention and support of his audience. I want to follow his example, and use the techniques he uses to help perfect my methods of public speaking. What I have learned from this speech is that emotion is a very powerful element of public speaking. When it is used in a correct sequence, it helps set up the pathway for a good