ABSTRACT. Schultz analyzes Obama’s rhetorical tactics and broader political philosophy as presented in his major speeches. Rynhold holds that Obama speaks in terms of bridging divides. Carothers observes that Obama sent a ringing signal to the world of the renewal of American democracy and the power of the democratic idea (Obama’s rhetorical style is the note to strike in crafting a new line about the role of democracy promotion in U.S. foreign policy). On Barnes’ reading, Obama highlights that worldwide fears associated with the loss of the American ideal evince collective anxiety about the future of democracy as a system of governance. Orelus claims that the election of Obama may be read as a case of tokenizing because of the ways in which Obama’s political rhetoric both draws strength from and simultaneously denies the racially charged lived experience of people of color within the United States.


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