Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech by Barack Obama

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November 12, 2020
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November 12, 2020

Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech by Barack Obama

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Gustavo Dias

Professor Walsh

ENC1102

2 February 2019

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Topic: Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech by Barack Obama

Fflambeau, Line-By-Line Analysis of President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech (2010) p.1-6; Retrieved from https://shadowproof.com/2009/12/10/line-by-line-analysis-of-president-obamas-nobel-peace-prize-speech/

Fflambeau states that the start of Obama’s speech by him admitting that he is humbled to have been chosen to receive the prize and that he sees that history can be bend in the direction of justice is inappropriate. This article terms this starting note as being a rejuvenation of Obama’s slogan “yes we can”. The author comment that the statement made in the initial section of the speech does not augment with the past statements and actions since his inauguration as the president. The author thinks that this is a poor choice of words for a start and that the president should have used “shape history” instead of the rhetoric forms of speech.

Rhodes, Joseph, and Mark Hlavacik. “Imagining moral presidential speech: Barack Obama’s Niebuhrian Nobel.” Rhetoric & public affairs 18.3 (2015): 471-504.

The authors of this book say that by Obama saying that he is humble, Obama aims at softening the hearts of the people to think of him as a man full of humility. He thinks that by mentioning Norway, the people of Norway will change their perception of the war in to which they were implicated. There is laughter at the end of Obama’s mention of Norway which the author finds rather absurd. He thinks that Norwegians should be mad at Obama and not even laugh at this joke. He says that the president was determined to impress by displaying humility and humor, yet the truth could not be hidden when he started to compare himself with previous recipients of the same award such as Dr. Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi.

A Just and Lasting Peace by Barack Obama Retrieved from https://www.commonlit.org/en/texts/barack-obama-s-nobel-lecture

The Nobel peace prize has always been accompanied by a rhetorical and an instrumental speech that has been used to reaffirm human values in a world of diverse political structure. The recipients of this prestigious prize give appealing messages, and in the year 2009, it was Barack Obama’s turn to give a thirty-six-minute speech characterized with: recurrent and meaningful actions, repetitive terms, the emphasis of liberalism and the advancement of human ideals, and hero enactment. The speech was aimed at passing the rhetoric message of unifying people around the globe for a better humanity. He gives particular emphasis to the vast human abilities in the facilitation of creativity and innovativeness. The speech is an instrument to advance the normative liberal political ideology.

The New York Times, Obama’s Nobel Remarks, DEC. 10, 2009 Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/11/world/europe/11prexy.text.html?pagewanted=6&1

In his speech, Obama says that he thinks that the most profound issue that is being focused on his receipt of the Nobel Prize is that he is the Commander-in-Chief of the US military at a time when the nation was in the midst of a pair of wars. He highlights that one of the wars was winding down. The second war was a conflict that the US did not expect to be involved, and the war which the other 42 countries had joined. He highlighted that all actions by his government were to defend his nation from being attacked in the future. Obama reflects on the ideas of Martin Luther King that war never brings an unending peace and that it never solves social problems. He acknowledges that he is in his leadership position as a consequence of King. He urged everyone to remember the lessons learned from the lives of Dr. King and Gandhi.

Barack Obama and world peace, a rhetorical inquiry. Thesis (M.A.)-Wichita State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The Elliott School of Communication. 2010- Nze, Samuel Onyenachi Retrieved from https:soar.wichita.edu/handle/10057/3318

This article demonstrates that the way Obama seeks to illustrate a possible vision of peace which is evident in most sections of his speech. He goes on to justify his merit for the receipt of the prize at that particular time using what was later termed by critics as being a Fantasy-Theme. He is deemed in this piece of writing as being the icon of worldwide peace.

As a peacekeeper, Obama shows America’s interest in becoming committed to global security. He reminds his audience that the threat is more often diffuse, and therefore, require a more sophisticated approach to combat them. As such he notes that America alone is not capable of eliminating these threats, but with the cooperation of other nations, this task will be simpler. For this case, Obama gives the example of Afghanistan. He goes on to name some failed states like Somalia, a country overwhelmed by terrorism and a never-ending problem of pirates in the sea. Both issues have led to famine and hunger in the country.

Essa Chess. Journal for Communication Studies, vol. 10, no. 1(19) / 2017: 55-72 ISSN 1775-352X Retrieved from: https://www.essachess.com/index.php/jcs/article/viewFile/363/406

In this article, Mr. Obama is quoted saying that as leaders, they cannot insist on other nations being accountable and follow strict laws if the American government cannot follow the law. He wishes that all actions be done in a legitimate manner so as to secure the future. The actions should follow due process regardless of how justifiable they may sound. In this article, Obama is being portrayed as being a vocal leader and a strict administrator.

He says that law becomes particularly vital when military action goes past the primary purpose of national defense or the protection of another nation against an aggressive group or another nation. Obama notes that there has been an increase in civilian executions by their own government. He urged nations to use the military to keep civil war at bay. This article lauds Obama’s efforts to be a role model in the peacekeeping frontier. He bases his observation from a humanitarian point of view that is similar to what is seen in Balkans and other places disabled by the occurrence of war. He is also celebrated for encouraging the use of military only for the reason of the stated clear mandate as demanded by the laws of the various countries.

Works cited

A Just and Lasting Peace by Barack Obama Retrieved from https://www.commonlit.org/en/texts/barack-obama-s-nobel-lecture.

Barack Obama and world peace, a rhetorical inquiry.Thesis (M.A.)–Wichita State University, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The Elliott School of Communication. 2010-05Author Nze, Samuel Onyenachi Retrieved from https://soar.wichita.edu/handle/10057/3318.

Essa Chess. Journal for Communication Studies, vol. 10, no. 1(19) / 2017: 55-72 eISSN 1775-352X Retrieved from: https://www.essachess.com/index.php/jcs/article/viewFile/363/406.

Fflambeau, Line-By-Line Analysis of President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize Speech (2010) p.1-6; Retrieved from https://shadowproof.com/2009/12/10/line-by-line-analysis-of-president-obamas-nobel-peace-prize-speech/.

Rhodes, Joseph, and Mark Hlavacik. “Imagining moral presidential speech: Barack Obama’s Niebuhrian Nobel.” Rhetoric & public affairs 18.3 (2015): 471-504.

The New York Times, Obama’s Nobel Remarks, DEC. 10, 2009. Retrieved from: https://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/11/world/europe/11prexy.text.html?pagewanted=6&_r=1.

 
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