The SOTU address definitely appealed towards the media and resembled a “TV drama” more than a political event. President Obama is incredibly eloquent. He appeals to the emotions of his audience and addresses them with warmth and confidence. He uses the right amount of facts to give his address substance and meaning, while presenting the nation in a positive light.
He makes hopeful promises regarding the economy, job force, industrial progress, and American manufacturing. Everything he states he does with a positive energy. While he is bringing up major issues regarding outsourcing and unemployment, I think that he’s doing so in order to gain praise and support. Instead of telling Americans the current state of the nation, he talks more about the potential America has to rise above adversity and overcome the current economic problems. I think that he is more concerned with getting Americans to support him, and less concerned with informing Americans on the exact state of the nation. Obama knows the strength of the media, and the power of his rhetoric. He uses this, and his access to the bully pulpit, to his full advantage.
Using clever jokes and eloquence, Obama STOU address searches to gain political support. It resembled a TV drama in that it appealed to the emotions of Americans and sought more to make everyone feel confident in America and less to inform.
As much as we hope President Obama is giving us all the details about our current situation, I agree with Claudia, in that he is focusing on the future goals. As a persuasive speaker, Obama addresses the situation of our armed forces. No more Americans are on Iraq soil and troops from Afghanistan are coming home. This clearly deserves praise, as the US has been in the Iraq War for a good nine years. After two decades, Osama bin Laden has been caught. He opens his SOTU speech with this because he knows this is one of America’s main concerns at this time. He proceeds with more good news that America is being less dependant on energy from other countries.
Throughout his speech, the president talks about his support for more in- sourcing jobs, giving Americans hope that we don’t have to rely on outsourcing. In order to support small companies that do business in America, he is willing to reduce their taxes and give them other financial support. In order to protect America, he created a few agencies such as the Trade Enforcement Unit, to be in charge of inspections to ensure fair business with other countries. He also created the Financial Crimes Unit, in response to the Wall Street fiasco, which intends to prosecute those who broke the law and had connections to the financial crisis. His Wall Street reform seemed to be a solution that was too late because the problem already occurred, but I supposed for future prevention of the same thing, it was appropriate.
In response to his Affordable Care Act, and to be able to protect the benefits for seniors and insurance receivers, he induced the buffet rule. The buffet rule will require those who earn over a million dollars year to pay a 30% tax. That seems like a logical, political act but the fact that he doesn’t acknowledge opposition and potential negative effects to his ideas seems to carry an air of so called “TV drama.”
Obama’s proposal of asking the Senate to vote on judicial nominees after 90 days, seems logical, as the Senate took a more significant amount of time to decide on his nominees than Bush’s nominees.
Overall, I think Obama touched upon major issues of our nation, with a reassuring approach. He assured America we would be more dependant as far as energy is concerned, manufacturing in the US would rise, schools would get more resources to fuel high school students and decrease dropout rate, the nation is ahead of schedule in its goal of doubling exports. This is basically the goal of the State of the Union speech, stated in the Constitution, to keep the nation updated. However, his speech could use a bit more of the reality. It seems too hopeful and too good to be true. Just saying.
As a last note, I couldn't help but point out that at least once in his speech, Obama stated that as long as he remains president, he would ensure the success of the nation. That, although understandable, seemed a bit self- promotional.
The SOTU address does not depict the issues held crucial within the nation but simply addresses them in a vague interpretation. The SOTU address is mostly a drama related spectacle in which Obama manipulates the scenario to influence his own reputation towards reelection. He constantly repeats the notion of jobs, how education/ teachers are significant, new greener methods of energy, the triumphed of "hostilities" and the necessity of domestic manufacturing yet these aspects are vaguely described and show no relevance of how they are to be resolved. Obama keeps a stern, decisive character through out the crucial components of the speech, which could be a play out to fool the audience. The jokes that were supposed to amusing to the observer failed in my perspective. The SOTU address was conceived to further the popularity of Obama and addressed the issues of society in a weak, inferior way with no central resolution followed by an applause. He persuaded, but did not further his persuasion with facts/analyzed research on the current state of the nation, but with further future goals, goals that could only be achieved with reelection. It was certainly not a "media" performance but a wrongfully justified political event twisted with self interest.
As Claudia and Ashley have pointed out, President Obama delivered a speech that set a mood of hope and encouragement for the American people. Yet he did not succeed in informing the Americans of the actual state of the nation as much as he should have.
The SOTU address displayed characteristics for both a TV drama and a Political Event
- The first 6 minutes were just Obama hugging people and shaking hands. That is TV drama I would say, because the media is trying to emphasize Obama's supporters, and try to use that to influence the public viewers. It served as a distraction on the media's part, and should have just been started right away with Obama's speech.
- Obama starts his speech with an accomplishment- the troops in Iraq were sent home. I think that this part plays a dual purpose. It definitely was a political topic to bring up. But it was filled with stretched truth- he said something about United States being safer and more respected, which isn't necessarily the case.
He mentions Osama Bin Laden not posing a threat anymore- which is good for the Americans. Still though, he allows the force of TV drama to seep in every phrase thus influencing his entire speech. His word choice (diction) hands down, are made for TV drama. And I am sure that President Obama delivered his speech in a way that would create an enthusiastism among his visible audience (clapping very frequently and standing up....)
For every accomplishment, he refers to how it is the first time in so and so years, to show Americans- look what I did that is relatively new, ambitious, and successful.
Like Ashley had said,
Obama has plans for the future, like the 30% tax idea, that makes sense but isn't as easy to apply. The fact that he does not acknowledge the possible setbacks in his speech, and only focus on the positive of his ideas, shows lack of realistic approaches to problems. But this could also mean that Obama understands that there are obstacles to carrying out his agenda, but choses not to share it in his speech-to be better portrayed for reelection. In this way TV drama is embedded in his speech.
Obama’s SOTU address seemed to focus on giving the people want they wanted to hear rather than focusing on the issues. Obama talked about the returning troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and proposed tax cuts but it seemed that he focused on gaining the people’s hope and support. Like Susan mentioned, the first six minutes of the SOTU address showed Obama shaking hands and hugging people. This could be designed to show how Obama really cares and wants the best for country. Obama focused most of his speech talking about bringing back jobs to America and creating tax cuts for corporations who create jobs here in America. Obama seemed well prepared and ready to get down to business. Obama is determined to get America back on track and back to being number one in world but like he said he can’t do it all on his own. Obama used examples such as WW2 to show how a united America is a strong America. Again Obama’s SOTU address seemed more of a way to gain support by giving the public the things they wanted to hear like no more bailouts and handouts, to the troops overseas. Obama also touched on illegal immigration, natural gas, clean energy, and equal pay for women. Obama’s address may have come off as a TV drama but Obama looks ready to negotiate and do whatever it takes to fix the country. Obama has already started by creating agencies designed to make sure people or corporations don’t take advantage of others.
I believe that the State of the Union address this year was partially TV Drama and a political event as well. As usual, President Obama is a strong speech-maker. Throughout the speech, it may seem as if it was all for TV Drama because of his hopeful tone and spread of nationalism. He starts off by showing pride in our soldiers and declaring that the United States is out of threat from Al Qaeda and other terrorists within Afghanistan. Obama also tries to gain public support by referring to specific Americans and showing his care and effort to improve their lives.
However, when Obama started referring to the economic crisis of the United States, it begins to portray the speech as a more "political event." He names the issues within our nation such as taxes on companies that stayed within the United States and the auto industry of the United States. Along with them, he explains and offers his ideas of resolutions for the problem of taxes and unemployment such as making community colleges into community centers that train people for specific jobs that certain fields need. He announces what bills he's willing to sign if Congress would propose it to benefit the nation.
I agree with Claudia and Ashley that Obama's focus was on future goals. However, even though the SOTU address should be made to state what are the current situations within the United States, the nation is in trouble. Obama can continue to announce to problems, but there would be no point unless he offers solutions rather than just tell the nation what it pretty much knows. Without setting these future goals, it's hard for the United States to make any advancements towards improvement within this economic crisis. I also strongly agree with Elsie that Obama is negotiating with all of Congress to help fix the economic crisis, making this a more political event.
Obama's State of the Union Address is both a TV Drama and political event. A State of the Union Address is an annual address that the President presents to Congress, stating the current conditions of the nation as well as the priorities and actions needed to be taken.
Obama was more hopeful rather than realistic, talking more about promises and change rather than the current state of the nation. I believe that he tried to make himself look good in front of the audience by talking in a positive tone and listing the great things that happened during his term in office.
- He starts off with his accomplishments; ending the Iraq war, bringing many troops home from Afghanistan, and Osama Bin Laden no longer being a threat to America.
- Compared himself to his Republican precedent saying that he approved fewer regulations, rejecting those which are costly and unnecessary.
- General Motors being the #1 Automaker; Praising Master Lock for improving American manufacturing.
There were many times where he said “Send me a bill; I will sign it right away, put it on my desk.” Throughout his speech, Obama was seeking support from the people, by using examples with actual people in the audience and appealing to people similar to them.
President Obama’s State of the Union address could certainly be seen as both a TV drama and a political event. I agree with Claudia, Ashley, and the others who stated that Obama had too much of a focus on future goals, and did not spend a large enough portion of his speech on the current state of the union.
However in his speech, the president follows somewhat of a similar format he introduces a topic, states how it was prior to his presidency, how it is now, and how he plans to make the situation, even if it is already in a decent place, better. This format seems to be in order to increase the support of his presidency, rather then to solely address the state of the union, because in every situation it expresses the progress Obama has made, and is promising to make in the near future.
The fact that Obama included many facts showing his advancements to the nation, can be lead this to be seen as a political event. However the manner in which his speech was carried out, with frequent clapping and even laughing at points, made it seem more like a TV drama. If the speech had been delivered in a more straight- forward way, with no embellishments to encourage the support of Obama’s presidency it would likely have been seen exclusively as a political event.
The country isn’t now, nor will it ever be in a “perfect” place, however in the State of the Union it was portrayed that there isn’t much going wrong in the United States at this time, when realistically there should have been more emphasis on things that are not going well, it seems as if almost any negativity that has taken place during Obama’s presidency was overlooked in the writing of this speech. Which adds to the view of this speech as a TV drama, formulated with the audience in mind.
Considering that the State of the Union address was broadcasted at 9 on a tuesday night...I would say the address is in the form of a political drama. If I was Obama, I would view this address as almost a commercial for my 2012 campaign; It free air time and a lot of Americans will be tuning in. But I don't think the address was completely for tv drama or for Obama's reelection. The address serves its purpose of reassuring the American people even if half of the speech was other politicians clapping for him. So far everyone has mentioned that part of the drama comes from the momentum he's building with the applauses.
Multiple people have mentioned that because Obama is a talented speaker and I agree that it makes for the drama and he is literally telling Americans what they want to hear. As Claudia always mention, all you hear is RHETORIC! He goes back to his position that if we want real change, we must come together and forget the party alliances we're part of, but remember the we are one nation and one people. He always uses a regular citizen to make his point:"a small business owner who dreams of turning a small idea into an enterprise" or "the little girl in Tuscan who share the same dreams as our children". It is his way of appealing to the average citizen and the American people.
Obama is trying to dig into our hopeful side. With such phrases like: "America still has the largest and most prosperous economy in the world" "The future is ours in to win" "Innovation, in America, is how we make our living" "This is our generation's Sputnik moment". He is even talking DIRECTLY to us (young people), telling us to become teachers and I think that just a ploy for more applauses.
Obama does cover a lot from the budget deficit to America's decline in education to job creation. Overall a political event that was intended for show.
Obama's SOTU address is a political event. Yes, he hugs and greets people before the speech begins, but be fair guys-- that kind of thing goes on at EVERY major political to-do, from inaugurations to party conventions. The fact that he was appealing to the public for support (which was obviously one of his goals here) is not a bad thing, nor is it uncharacteristic of a political event. There are few events or actions in politics that have nothing to do with rhetoric and persuasion. Besides the pre-election publicity boost aspect of this address, Obama's speech stuck to the state of this union; he was (as Claudia said) eloquent, and presented the American public and Congress with hopeful and inspiring facts and figures. I didn't know half of the initiatives that were explained in the SOTU before, and I definitely feel a lot more knowledgeable about the way America stands now that I've watched it. I understand what people are saying about why they think it's more of a tv drama than a real political event, and I guess that all televised political events these days have some "tv drama"-esque aspects, but I would say this SOTU was mainly a political event.
I don't think I would qualify the State of the Union as a "T.V. drama." To me, it felt more like an election campaign. I trust and respect President Obama, but I think he used the address as an opportunity to remind America how great he is. His speech seemed geared towards showing how his administration has gotten things done, how the problems in our government stem mainly from Congress, and how he will be the one trying to get things done in the future. He put major emphasis on passing legislation--how if Congress sends him certain laws, he will sign them immediately. I think he wanted to make it clear that if we don't see immediate change, it won't be his fault.
On the other hand, I think he accomplished much of what the State of the Union's purpose is. Officially, it's supposed to inform Congress on the country's status. However, Congress already knows this. It's really for the people. It's so the government can get the people to think in the right direction, whatever that may be for the time. In our day, it's clearly to get us to have faith in our government. So many Americans feel disillusionment right now, mainly because of the recession and the fighting in Congress. It's clear that these were the two main points President Obama was trying to focus on in his speech.
Overall, I think the state of the union is softcore propoganda. It really doesn't serve any purpose other than to try to gain support for the government.
President Obama's State of the Union Address definitely is more for "TV drama" rather than a political event. Right from the beginning Obama mentions all of the positive changes he has made to the country- finding Osama Bin Ladin, getting almost all of the troops out of Iraq, etc. This is made to portray Obama in a good light, and make the media and American's applaud him for his work. But of course Obama would mention all of his wonderful achievements while all of America is watching. Especially because he is seeking reelection this year. This is a perfect example of how the president uses the bully pulpit to control the media and its opinion of him.
Obama also mentions how there has been 3 million more jobs created this year because of him and his administration. Another thing that adds to the dramatization of the State of the Union Address is the dramatic pauses. The president holds for applause which only benefits him, and the way the rest of the country views him. Yes, Obama has done a few things to help our country, but personally I don't think he's as great as the State of the Union Address is making him out to be. Notice how Obama hasn't mentioned any of his failures? That's because this address is supposed to make him seem appealing to potential voters, Americans, and the rest of the world.
As the SOTU Address continues on, Obama begins to talk about the "new blueprint" of the country. He wants people to believe that his job as president isn't done yet, and that he has plans for the future. Obama's charisma and rhetoric add to his speech, and make him seem like a great leader. Also the constant stop and go applauding add to the "TV drama" of the State of the Union Address.
I think that if this was actually a serious political event, it would be portrayed in a more serious light. The organization, set up, and people watching the address would be more serious, and actually listen to the presidents speech, instead of just acting like puppets constantly applauding on cue. The State of the Union is definitely a speech that was made to benefit the president, make him seem very productive and appear to be a great leader in front of America, and the rest of the world.
I Think it was all a fluke. Obama just wanted some publicity. He did not clearly talk about really anything he beats around the bush with jobs and going green but he doesn't really ever develop a plan. Like many people think here is he is a good speech maker. He wants to get everyone's hopes up and tell them what they want to hear. He knows were in a crisis were teachers are getting laid off left and right thats why he talks about it. Its like how we discussed in class this year how people say things the people want to hear to get relected or elected in politics and the presidency. They'll do anything to get what they want . like Anna said it IS a Tv drama how he mentions all the good things first the war thats been going on for ever and how troops are coming home. All i can say is it really is sad what people will do to be in top i mean he's not doing anything bad but he's not doing anything worth while either. That people had to make such a big deal about this any way. Ofcourse he is sending hope are way by telling us the accomplishments he made by getting a lot of the troops out but other then that i think he hasn't gotten as much as he could done if he wasn't so focused on making himself look good to the public.
The SOTU address was geared toward the public and the media. Obama began his speach by pointing out the accomplishments he's made with Bin Ladin and removing troops from Iraq. That was a very wise thing to do. I agree very strongly with Claudia; Obama is very eloquent and knows exactly what to do to appeal to his audience. He effectively brought attention to the accomplishments he's made and the way the country has improved.
Obama often gave vague statements of encouragement to the audience such as "let's change this" or "we need to do more." He never goes into detail about what the state of the union actually is. I do not think this is his fault; I think every president does this because being appealing is the most effective way to gain public support. Unfortunately, informing the public doesn't work as well because many people are not interested or don't bother trying to understand what exactly is going on with the economy, foreign affairs, etc. He emphasized the possibilities of many things in the U.S. (such as education) that are in need of improvement instead of discussing how to improve them and to what degree they need to be improved.
I do not think that this speech was fluff, and only fluff. I agree with Raye. It did feel like an election campaign. I believe it was a huge part of his campaign. Obama gave the people a vague sense of the state of the union, but without the fluff he could have given the people a much better sense of the state of the union.
I believe that Obama's State of the Union address was made for a political event. There was much applause at the beginning of it, but like Charlotte stated, that's how every poltical event goes. I do not see it as a tv drama, as I see that many individuals have great respect for him. He mentioned that no more Americans are fighting in Iraq, troops in Afghanistan are starting to return home, and Al Qaeda is defeated as well as Taliban is broken up. Also, he noted that since he's been in office, businesses have created more than 3 million more jobs. He plans to set up more inspections to limit corrupted trade into America, and wants every American to be taught several skills to lead to jobs. He also wants every state to require every student to remain in school until they reach the age of 18 and wants to keep immigrants in the country as they continue to do good for the country and allow them to get their citizenship. He promised to make 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade through the gas and oil industry, pass clean energy tax credits, and create a housing relief so people can save $3,000 on mortgages. I don't see anything wrong with this as he states his major goals for the rest of his term. This definitely sets the stage for his future campaign for reelection and i really hope he can fulfill all of these goals he promised America since there is a great amount of individuals against him.
I have hope for him and I believe everything he's planning to do is excellent for the nation.
I believe that the state of the union address was sort of a speech to attract the attention of the media but also a way to address the issues that the nation has in a fancy way. I say this because although Obama was very interested in getting the crowds applause and standing ovations he also although most disagree pointing out the issues in outsourcing and unemployment.
He addressed issues such as the the status of the war and how our troops are back home. He addressed the unemployment stage and how its being approved as of today. Last but not least to support small companies that in America, he is willing to reduce their taxes and give them other financial support . He speaks of all his objectives in our country in a positive enthusiastic way and i definetely don't see that as a "TV Drama or an over reacting cheerleader in chief".
The speech has its parts of persuasive speaking and political speaking, which might make it seem more of a media attracting speech. I think and hope he is just trying to show this country what he has accomplished and what he will accomplished (if elected in the new election) as a part of upholding his power as president.
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