President Obama’s eight-year run in the Oval Office is finally coming to its end, and love him or hate him, you aren’t able to deny that he is a fantastic public speaker. You may not like what he has to say, but his ability to grab the attention of an audience during one of his speeches is absolutely incredible.
Now, this isn’t a post supporting Obama or anything he’s done during his time in office, because quite frankly I really don’t know anything about politics, and can’t really say I like or dislike him. What this post is about is giving credit to President Obama for being the fantastic speaker that he is, and ranking the five best speeches he’s ever given.
Let me reiterate that I’m not an Obama supporter or hater, pretty neutral when it comes to all kinds of politics, so many of you may disagree with these rankings, which I’m fine with. I tried to rank these speeches based off of the delivery and context of each of them, I tried to leave out any speeches based off any of his policies. Your top five speeches by President Obama (to me at least)are ranked as follows:
5. Farewell Speech
This truly was a great way to close out his time in the White House. It was heartfelt, sincere, and really just showed how proud he was to be our leader. It was also pretty tough not to get choked up hearing him talk about his family and Vice President Joe Biden. I’ll bring up the point again, you may not like him, but it’s pretty hard to say that he’s not a great speaker.
4. 2008 Address on Race (A More Perfect Union)
Yes, I know that this speech was before technically became the president, but it was still a very powerful speech nonetheless. I know I wanted to stay away from getting into his policies, but this speech was so great because he spoke of the visions he had for this country and how to eliminate racial tensions. Now, did he do that? That’s for you to decide, but it was a simple speech that spoke volumes to everyone and played a big factor into his win of the 2008 election.
3. 2015 Selma
This speech was on the 50th Anniversary of the civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. It was a speech that many people feel was the best for President Obama to ever deliver, and one that will go down in the history books. The power and passion he spoke with of the men and women who partook in the marches and where our country has grown from then to now will live on forever.
2. 2012 Newtown
The 2012 Newtown, Connecticut school shooting was one of the most tragic events that ever occurred in our country. It was a truly devastating moment and you could tell how badly it hurt Obama by the way he spoke. He wasn’t just upset that this was something that happened during his presidency, you could see that he was upset for the families that this tragedy affected the most, which I thought spoke volumes about him as a man.
1. 2008 Victory Speech
At least in my opinion, I don’t think any of the great speeches Obama gave ever came close to this one. The speech he gave after he won the election November 4, 2008, was one of the best speeches ever given in the history of our great country. That night, as everyone is well aware, he became the first African-American to ever be elected the leader of the United States. It gave hope to people everywhere that no matter how many people may doubt you, you can achieve great things. His “Yes We Can” slogan was one that showed he was willing to make a commitment to change. It was truly one of the most iconic moments in American history.
So as President Trump is set to head into office, here is a tip of the cap to you, Barry O. Thanks for all that you’ve done for our country.