1. In his speech President Obama said, “Yet, every so often, the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms.” How are the problems that faced President Lincoln and President Obama similar?
2. Quoting from one of his earlier speeches, what did President Lincoln have to say about the institution of slavery?
3. President Obama said, “That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood.” List five (5) reasons why he feels that we are in the midst of a crisis.
4. President Lincoln said, “Physically speaking, we cannot separate.” Explain his arguments in support of this statement.
5. President Obama said, “For we know that our patchwork heritage is strength, not a weakness.” Explain his arguments in support of this statement.
6. Explain Lincoln’s view that the “Union of these states is perpetual.”
7. How did President Obama explain, “What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them?”
8. In this course we have spoken about the roles of the majority and the minority in American political life. According to his inaugural address, what were Lincoln’s views on the role of the majority and the minority?
9. According to his inaugural address, President Obama said, “For everywhere we look, there is work to be done.” Cite examples of the work he was referring to.
10. How was the last paragraph of President Lincoln’s speech a plea to the people of the South?
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In both Inaugural speeches, both Presidents identify that the issue of war is confronting them. In President Obama’s speech, the leader acknowledges that some people are trying to attain their interests by inducing terror as well as slaughtering the innocent. The president identifies that his administration is prepared to step-up the war on terror. President Lincoln in his speech claims that the civil war is momentous and is a quandary for the unsatisfied country-men (Various authors, 2013). Just like Obama, President Lincoln points out that to address the issue of war; his administration is prepared to take the role of an aggressor. Another question that the two speeches touch on is the need to work for the majority of the American people as opposed to special interests of the few. Diversity is an additional issue that is facing both regimes as established in the two speeches....
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