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This essay traces the emergence and development of the ‘Yes We Can” slogan and details its evolution as a primary argumentative trope from the Democratic presidential primaries, through the general election and Barack Obama's victory in 2008. In particular, it examines selections of campaign...
This essay examines the rhetoric used to describe President Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign and in the first months of his presidency. Questioning proclamations that the election of America's first black President heralded a new post-racial era, the essay argues that the use of certain,...
Senator John McCain's selection of Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008 came as a surprise to many. Senators Joe Biden, John McCain, and Barack Obama had been in the public eye since before 2007 as they campaigned for the presidency—and Biden and McCain had been in the spotlight in...
This study examined newspaper coverage of a Hillary Clinton campaign event held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire during the 2008 presidential primary. During the event Senator Clinton's eyes welled up with tears, and her voice conveyed emotion as she answered a question asked by a woman in the...
During the 2008 New Hampshire Democratic primary Hillary Clinton choked up briefly in a coffee shop while discussing the difficulties of the election. Critics drew comparisons between the episode and a similar incident involving Ed Muskie in 1972, and predicted it would be Clinton's downfall....
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