The Teleological Discourse of Barack Obama

The Teleological Discourse of Barack Obama

by Richard W. Leeman
     
 

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The Teleological Discourse of Barack Obama, by Richard Leeman, provides an in-depth analysis of President Barack Obama’s speeches and writings to explain the power of the 44th president's speaking. Highly regarded for his eloquent and inspiring rhetoric, Obama is often compared to Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. However, Leeman’s… See more details below

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The Teleological Discourse of Barack Obama, by Richard Leeman, provides an in-depth analysis of President Barack Obama’s speeches and writings to explain the power of the 44th president's speaking. Highly regarded for his eloquent and inspiring rhetoric, Obama is often compared to Roosevelt, Kennedy, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. However, Leeman’s study shows that Obama’s teleological philosophy and discourse more closely resembles Ronald Reagan’s rhetoric.

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Craig Allen Smith
Richard Leeman has written a careful analysis of Barack Obama's rhetoric that provides important insights into the man, his values, and his vision for America.
Presidential Studies Quarterly
Most Americans, regardless of their political persuasions, are captivated by President Barack Obama’s soaring rhetoric. Even when his rhetorical brilliance is the target of criticism, as it certainly has been, few can deny the powerful and dynamic effect of his speeches. Richard W. Leeman, in his insightful and in-depth work, The Teleological Discourse of Barack Obama, sets out to identify exactly what it is about Obama’s rhetoric that touches and inspires his listening audiences. In doing so, Leeman masterfully critiques not only Obama’s rhetorical style, but also his leadership qualities, his values, and his vision for the American polity. ... Taken as a whole, Leeman’s argument that Obama’s discourse, worldview, and character are teleological is both cogent and fully nuanced. Indeed, the book itself stands as a teleological ideal, striving toward an understanding of the essential nature of political rhetoric.
Rhetoric & Public Affairs
Leeman presents a thoughtfully conceived, theoretically grounded, and analytically sound argument for understanding Barack Obama, fırst and foremost, as a teleological rhetor. His thorough explication of Obama’s books, campaign oratory, and presidential speeches stands as the most comprehensive examination of Obama’s rhetorical efforts to date and should be recognized as a defınitive text on the subject. Leeman’s work is an excellent continuation of the public address scholarship concerning telos, presidential oratory, national identity, anD American polity. Although a scholarly work, Leeman’s ability to write complexly, yet clearly and concisely, makes this book well worth the time of public address scholars, presidential historians, and any individuals who have an interest in the Obama presidency. Institutional libraries, as well as public libraries, would do well to make this text available to their patrons.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780739174098
Publisher:
Lexington Books
Publication date:
05/11/2012
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
286
File size:
1 MB

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Craig Allen Smith
Richard Leeman has written a careful analysis of Barack Obama's rhetoric that provides important insights into the man, his values, and his vision for America.

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