This part of the study guide will help you expand your perspective on Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech by looking at current issues and other speeches by Barack Obama and other politicians.


Current issues

When looking at the relevance of the speech today, you should consider reviewing the way the issues Obama mentioned in his speech evolved, and how Obama has delivered on his vision for the US.

Starting with 2009, Barack Obama became the US President for two consecutive terms. In his speech, the speaker focused on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Obama ended the war in Iraq and withdrew most of the US troops from Afghanistan. At the same time, during his first term, the US military managed to locate and kill Osama Bin Laden, believed to have been behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

In the speech, Obama also mentions the 2008 economic crisis. By the end of his first...

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