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Bill Clinton Inaugural Address

Alles zu USA - PräsidentenThe democrat politician Bill Clinton, who was the forty second president of the United States, delivered his first Inaugural Address on Wednesday, January 21, 1993. In his Inaugural Address he states his whole concept for the term of hic office.
So he points out the U.S problems, the deficits, the work to be done ,makes an appeal to the youth and emphasizes that he is for more democracy.
His remarkable keywords are change and renewal, which can only be achieved by the aid of Americans, if they are posed for sacrifice. This “mission cannot be undertaken by the president, by the congress or by the government”, hence each citizen has to take responsibilities and hast to “play his part in the renewal”.
Bill Clinton launches his speech by mentioning the ideals Americans have to preserve like life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and refers to the American Dream.
They must keep these qualities, which are a meaningful basis, to enable a renewal.
In his inaugural speech Clinton uses various stylistic devices to convince the audience of his plans, of his concept and of his opinion. So he obviously tries to create an atmosphere of trust by addressing the audience with the statement “my fellow citizens”. Then, he utilizes the image of a “spring reborn in the world’s oldest democracy” to evoke an association to the new beginning.
By employing a contrast between spring and winter Clinton stresses the rapid change which is going to take place. He puts forward with a chiasmus including an alliteration (“though we march to the music of out time, our mission is timeless”), and motivates the audience to march, to keep up with the time. Since their mission is timeless, it is important to define, to explain what it means to be an American”.
Furthermore, he gives thanks to all the people who have sacrificed their lives to fight fascism and communism and uses an alliteration (“steadfastness ...sacrifice”) to make the Americans think about what they have gone through.
In the following paragraph he says that the generation of the Cold War assumes new responsibilities and it has now better opportunities to live out the liberty, but problems still exist and cause trouble. Here he makes use of two metaphors (“shadows of the Cold War”, munshine of freedom”) to make clear that the Cold War is history.Instead of its shadow, the sun rised and disposed the shadow so that people were enlightened.
Indeed they inherit the strongest economy, but it is marked by economical crises, inequality and differences between people which is meant to emphasize racism and inequal opportunities between citizens.
By enumerating these aspects and by using aliitrations (“increasing inequality, deep divisons”)Clinton employs an asyndeton to arouse the reader’s interest.
In G.W time news troubled very slow, but now technology almost has a secret power. It is magical. So when he refers to G.W he intends to show that since G.W economy has changed a lot. Communications and commerce are rising in their value and are covering the world. The Americans earn their income in a peaceful competition. The question is whether they make change to a friend and not their enemy and makes use of an antithesis which is intend to cotton the Americans on to change.
In the following text he lists the problems of a modern society and refers to the pepole who respect the law and to the who rob the other`s freedom. So it is necessary to take clear steps.But as yet they have not done so.
The changes without plans and the slow moves had a bad infulence on economy and have made break the feeling of trust and belief in their own ability. By enumerating these problems, he beocomes quite personal and begins to address the audienece with the personal pronoun “we”.This personal language is supposed to show that the current problems concern both the government and the american citizens.
Clinton begins the next sentence with a chiasmus (“our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths”) to stress that Americans carry the quality of being brave. So their task is it now to have a vision.
When Clinton mentions Thomas Jefferson he reflects democracy, the need for change and makes clear that they have to look forward to the future.
He also grabs the reader`s attention by calling on the Americans to seize the time.
The parallelism (“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America”) ,which is employed when he speaks about the engine of their renewal,is to make the Americans think about the power they hold.
The repetition of “we must” is the most obvious stylistic device. . “We” includes both the new government and the American people. Clinton is successful in addressing the population which helps him to sound persuassive. So when he says   “to renew America, we must be bold”, he means that they have to be brave ,competent and not afraid to take risks.
Then, he lists all his aims he wants to achieve within the puplic`s supoport, but he makes clear to the audience that it depends on sacrifice.Clinton supports his argument by using a comparison and he wants the Americans to treat their nation the way they treat their own families.
He uses an parallelism by speaking about the posterity, the future they have to embrace (“Posterity is the world to come,the world for whom we hold our ideals, from whom we have borrowed our planet, and to whom we bear sacred responsibility”).
It is not only the politicians duty to make democracy stronger, more active in their land. The Americans have to cooperate to renew their country.
Using a metaphorical (“since the dawn of civilization”) contrast between “this beautiful capital” which is at the same time “a place of intrigue and
calculation” , he intends to wake up the audience, to think about that what former politicians promised and what they have achieved of their empty promises.
Then he quotes Franklin Roosevelt ("bold, persistent experimentation") which is meant to emphasize the change they are approaching to.
Since life is universal, Americans have to pay attention to everthing which is going on on the world.
The asyndeton and the repetition of “world” underline the globality and that “they affect us all”.
To make America better, even the best, they all have to support eachother, to help eachother which shows the meaningful truth that they need eachother. He stresses the idea of being dependent on the mutual help of each citizien by enumerating the service the Americans have to do.
This enumeration helps to grab the reader`s attention because he direclty addresses the audience and this makes the reader focus on his reponsibilities.
In his conclusion he again tries to motivate the Americans and resummons them to do the work together until is it done. He wants to realize the aims he has presented in his speech.
Finally I can say that this speech is based on the facts the audience wants to hear, to identify with. It depends on the act of taking part in the political affairs, to be also responsible for that what is happening in the government. The excellent choice of the images Clinton uses during his speech aid the audience to feel the power they need to renew America and the power the government is offering them to undertake this mission with them.
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