What Were Some Poignant Speeches by President Barack Obama?


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Two of President Barack Obama's most poignant speeches are the ones he delivered at the Newtown prayer vigil following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings and his victory speech after his 2008 presidential election. Both of these speeches speak of a united nation determined to do the right thing.

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The Newtown speech reminded listeners that the country stood behind those affected by the tragedy and suffered and wept alongside them. He praised those who sacrificed their own safety to respond to the call for help that day, and he reflected on what more the nation must do to protect its smallest citizens.

In his victory speech, President Obama reminded those listening that "We are and always will be the United States of America." Then he spoke of the tasks ahead necessary for the good of the nation as a whole. He talked lovingly of his family and their part in the victory, but ultimately he admitted to his listeners, "I will never forget who this victory truly belongs to. It belongs to you. It belongs to you."

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