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Barack Obama Signature Speeches: 6 Appearances That Will Shape His Legacy

By    |   Monday, 24 Nov 2014 07:06 PM

Barack Obama signature speeches have sent him victoriously to Washington and maintained his popularity with supporters. His appearances while in office could define his presidential years.

These six appearances could shape his legacy:

1. Under Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act, people had no worries, he told them. They could keep their doctor or their health plans if they wanted. That was a big surprise to people who had their health insurance policies canceled or discovered they could only use a doctor out of their town or county. Obama tried to explain away the disaster during an appearance with WebMD. "They don’t necessarily get to keep their doctor," he said. "At least they get to make a choice if their network plans are more expensive than another network."

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2. In a July 13, 2012 campaign speech in Roanoke, Virginia, Obama told individual entrepreneurs and business owners, “You didn’t build that.” They owe their success to government programs and projects. It was his reasoning to increase taxes for people making more than $250,000. That figure sounds rich, but for small business owners it’s mostly income that goes into maintaining or growing their businesses to help expand the economy with more jobs. But many of these top earners weren’t able to build that, thanks to the increases.

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Americans felt justified when U.S. Navy SEALs found Osama Bin Laden hiding in Pakistan and shot him dead on May 2, 2011, for his role in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Obama made the televised announcement, but critics accused him of exaggerating his role and using the words “I,” “me” or “my” throughout the Barack Obama signature speech. He told how he directed the director of the CIA to capture or kill Bin Laden. He determined there was enough intelligence information and he ordered the operation.

4. Soon after he took office, Obama traveled to Egypt in June 2009 to make a speech in Cairo, hoping to repair relations between Americans and Muslim nations. He emphasized that no one nation, not even our own, should be looked at as exceptional in what some observers saw as a new world order. Although many journalists applauded the speech, Obama’s approval rating fell drastically in Egypt the following years as the country fell into chaos, according to Daniel Greefield of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

5. Obama’s appearance in the first debate with Mitt Romney for his 2012 re-election bid was dismal. He seemed unprepared, undecided, and unsure of his policies. Romney was the clear winner in the debate. But the performance merely showed how well he looked to a new generation of admirers who felt he had a cool persona that didn’t belong in Washington. He was as distant to politics as they were.

6. A Las Vegas fundraiser for the 2012 campaign could very well help shape the Barack Obama signature legacy. Obama jumped on a jet and headed to Nevada a day after Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and three other Americans were murdered by terrorists in a well-planned attack on the U.S. embassy. The Obama administration blamed the attack on an anti-Muslim video and the president was off raising more money in Sin City.

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