To take responsibility for your education and future, to fight for your dream and reach a goal takes hard work and ambition. In the speech “Back to School Event”, Barack Obama motivates and inspires the students of our generation, not to give up on the hard work of education and strive for a dream of theirs.
“Back to School Event” is a speech delivered by our former president Barack Obama at Wakefield High School on September 8, 2009. Obama reaches out to students who are struggling with academic work and puts himself at eye level with them by speaking their language. He encourages the students of America to take responsibility, not to give up and remembering the importance of fulfilling their families, countries, and their own expectations.
Barack Obama builds an ethos filled atmosphere by supporting the American students through telling about his own difficult childhood and the victory over it. He appeals to the student by reminding them of the light at the end of the tunnel and that it is not impossible to get there no matter what, it is just hard work: “You’ve got to work for it and train for it and learn for it.” (line 50).
Particularly the concept of success and responsibility seems to be Obama’s favorite when appealing to ethos. He appeals to the patriot in every student by making the future of America their responsibility: “…if you quit on school – you’re not just quitting on yourself, you’re quitting on your country.” (line 80).