After reading Barack Obama’s victory speech, and Donald Trump’s inaugural address, I must admit that they have much more in common than I would have imagined. In both texts, the use of persuasive techniques such as pathos, logos, and ethos are on a very high level. We can also find examples of other literary devices, for instance, repetition, triples, alliteration and so on.
Obama, in his speech from 2008, focuses a lot on thanking the people for voting for him, but also says a lot about what how he wants to use the power to lead the country. Already in the very beginning, he asks a rhetorical question:
If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible, who still wonders if the dream of our founders is alive in our time, who still questions the power of our democracy, tonight is your answer.
In this paragraph, he explains that there still is hope for making America a strong country, and for anyone who doubts it, he will prove them wrong. This is a literary device used especially often in speeches, therefore Donald Trump also chose to use one in his text.