A Bit of Rhetoric – Obama and the Tucson tragedy

Last night, President Obama gave a moving speech about the recent Tucson shootings.  Sometimes, the best way to understand something is to analyze it in a visual format.  My favourite platform for doing so is Wordle, a website that transforms text into art, with word size corresponding with how often it appears in the text.

Here is a Wordle of the January 12 speech (click to enlarge):

As you can see, the most prominent words refer to the tragedy, the lives and people affected, the hearts breaking.  Obama frequently mentioned the victims by name (Gabby, George, Christina, John).  By focusing on people rather than politics, Obama’s speech was full of powerful rhetoric that will stick with the audience in the coming weeks.

You can find the full text of the speech here.
The speech is available on YouTube as well (it’s about half an hour long).

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