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We are not enemies, but friends...
...to heal the divides that have held back our progress. Like Abe says we are friends!
"And tonight, I think about all that she's seen throughout her century in America— the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; the times we were told that we can't, and the people who pressed on with that American creed: Yes we can."
"And above all, I will ask you join in the work of remaking this nation the only way it's been done in America for two hundred and twenty-one years—block by block, brick by brick, calloused hand by calloused hand."
Barack Obama references a quote from Abraham Lincoln in his presidential victory speech. "As Lincoln said to a nation far more divided than ours, "We are not enemies, but friends . . ." At this point in his speech Obama is talking about the divides in our changing nation, here, where he used Abe's quote he is using ethos. He uses Lincoln , a credible source to make himself more trustworthy and credible.
Obama shares the story of the 106 year-old voter named Ann Nixon Cooper. Using storytelling in a speech employs pathos. Obama uses this example of this little old lady, to tug on the heart strings of the American people. To appeal to them emotionally.
Here Obama appeals to the audiences logic by employing logos through a comparison, or metaphor. He doesn't mean they will literally do it brick by brick, but adding this comparison adds a deeper meaning and makes his point more clear to the audience.
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