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Election Night Result: President-Elect Obama

Last night’s event will garner round the clock media attention for days to come. There are a number of important stories to follow: the historical significance of this election, how this election will change America’s status in the world, and what is in store for the President-elect. But for this post, I would like you to focus on how the two candidates transitioned from campaigning to transition/governing. Start by looking at video clips from Obama and McCain’s final campaign rallies:

Barack Obama in Manassas, VA, 11pm Monday night:

John McCain in Roswell, NM

Now watch their speeches on election night, given within 24 hours of the speeches above. Start with John McCain’s concession speech, given after the networks called the election for Obama, and after John McCain called Obama to concede the election:

Finally, watch President-Elect Obama’s victory speech in Grant Park, Chicago:

Now for the prompts:

1) How do the candidates shift from campaigning to a conclusion of the campaign in their two speeches?

2) Did John McCain meet your expectations for his concession speech? Did he exceed expectations? Would you have had the same expectations if Obama had lost?

3) Did Barack Obama meet your expectations for his victory speech? Did he exceed expectations? Would you have had the same expectations if McCain had won?

Sen. McCain’s Acceptance Speech @ RNC – Sept. 4, 2008

What a difference a week makes. As big a deal as Barack Obama’s acceptance speech was last week, the selection of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as Sen. McCain’s running mate has dominated the news cycle. From the news that her 17 year old daughter is 5 months pregnant, to coverage of the ‘troopergate’ scandal, and what Gov. Palin’s role might have been in the Alaska Independence Party, the introduction of the Republican VP candidate has piqued the public’s interest. More than 37 million viewers watched Gov. Palin give her acceptance speech last night- just a million fewer than watched Obama the week before. In case you missed it, here are some highlights:

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Of course, the top of the ticket, Sen. John McCain, accepted his party’s nomination tonight. Here is a video copy of the speech:

You can also find the interactive video/transcript on the New York Times page. For this blog entry, outline what you think was the most important argument laid out by Sen. McCain, why you think it is so important, how you think Sen. Obama could respond, and what audience Sen. McCain was speaking to with that argument (not just the general audience- what group of voters would he expect to find that argument appealing). Finally, how effective was the speech, and why?

Speaking Center Workshops – Be sure to check these out

Announcing: Speaking Center Fall Workshops!

Each workshop below consists of a brief presentation on the topic, with opportunities for individual follow-up discussions in a relaxed atmosphere:

Speech Basics: Tuesday September 23 at 5 p.m.

Stumped on how to spice up your speeches? Let the Speaking Center help you think of fresh introductions, interesting transitions, and innovative PowerPoint to start your first speech of the semester smoothly.

Speech Anxiety and Confidence: Wednesday October 22 at 5 p.m.

Does the thought of presenting a speech make you want to drop the class? Welcome to the club. This workshop offers some helpful ways to reduce anxiety and display confidence in public speaking.

Group Discussion: Thursday November 20 at 5 p.m.

This workshop will be an engaging opportunity to improve your group discussion skills. As professors focus on class participation and dialogue, you have the choice to become an active leader and participant in your classes. Attending this workshop will help you acquire the skills to effectively communicate here at UMW and in the future.

Pizza and light refreshments will be served at all workshops.

Contact the Speaking Center at x. 1347 or spkc@umw.edu today to reserve a spot!

Obama’s Acceptance Speech – August 28, 2008

There is a very long backstory to tonight’s acceptance speech by Barack Obama. As over-exposed as he may appear to be, there are still many Americans who do not know much about Obama, and the acceptance speech is his opportunity to reintroduce himself to the American public, and outline what he feels they need to know about him.

This is Obama’s night, and there has been some friction between the two campaigns as the possibility of John McCain’s campaign leaking McCain’s VP pick on the same night. The McCain campaign has pledged to not announce the VP pick tonight- but they also had to decide whether to not air or say anything tonight, or to run a negative ad tonight. Instead, Sen. McCain aired the following:

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No precedent for this- nothing like it has been used in past campaigns.

As the McCain ad mentions, this is an historic night, as it is the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Here is a copy of that speech:

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If you did not see it live, here is a copy of the speech given by the Democratic nominee, Sen. Barack Obama:

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You can also watch the speech, with full transcript playing alongside, on the New York Times website. Great resource- be sure to check it out.

For this blog entry, outline what you think was the most important argument laid out by Sen. Obama, why you think it is so important, how you think Sen. McCain could respond, and what audience Sen. Obama was speaking to with that argument (not just the general audience- what group of voters would he expect to find that argument appealing). Finally, how effective was the speech, and why?

Welcome to Visual Rhetoric

Welcome to the blog for Comm 353: Visual Rhetoric taught by Dr. Anand Rao in Fall 2008. This blog will host course materials, student grade pages, as well as the blog entries for student comment (announced in class). The password for protected class pages will be provided in class. Student grade pages will be protected using the passwords provided to the instructor.

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