In the two years since leaving the White House, former President Barack Obama has spent his time raising and solidifying his position in the uppermost echelons of the top one percent of Americans. Obama has raked in exorbitant amounts of money for public speaking events and made deals worth millions with multiple companies. His family has amassed so much wealth that even Obama himself said he was surprised in a speech in South Africa last year. Since he left office, the former president has given an estimated 50 speeches a year to corporate audiences for hundreds of thousands of dollars per event. In , the same year he left office, Obama was officially recognized as one of the top ten highest paid public speakers in the US.
Barack Obama’s Most Powerful Speeches
Barack Obama's victory speech – full text | Barack Obama | The Guardian
President-elect Barack Obama spoke to the world from his home city of Chicago as he became the first black president of the United States. Here is the full text of his victory speech:. And he's fought even longer and harder for the country that he loves. He has endured sacrifices for America that most of us cannot begin to imagine.
Revisiting Obama's Historic 'Race Speech' 12 Years Later
I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition. Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms.
Former first lady Michelle Obama deserves high marks for her speech at the virtual Democratic Convention on Monday night. Although political speeches always have their supporters and critics, as a communication expert who has worked with CEOs and politicians from both parties, I believe we can learn public-speaking skills from speeches that are well-written and expertly presented. Obama's minute speech stood out in three ways: writing, delivery, and gestures. One technique in the writer's toolkit is to vary the length of sentences. A long sentence sets up a short one or, in the following example from Obama's speech, a short sentence sets up a longer one.