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Barack Obama Signature Speeches: The 5 Early Appearances That Raised His Profile

By    |   Monday, 24 Nov 2014 07:22 PM

More and more people were gradually drawn to the Barack Obama signature speeches over the years. His ability to communicate with them was his gateway to the White House.


Here are five early appearances that built up his profile for his rise to the presidency:


1. Obama’s first exposure as a public figure in the political arena came with his work as a community organizer in the South Side of Chicago in 1985. It deepened his attachment with the African-American community following his encounters with diversity while growing up in Hawaii and attending Columbia University in New York City. He mobilized poor residents and dealt with city officials to improve housing conditions, but he realized a law degree would help advance his accomplishments.


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2. The publication of Obama’s first book, “Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance,” in 1995 helped pave the way for his run for the Illinois state senate a year later. The memoir was the result of Obama’s election as the first African-American president and editor of the Harvard Law Review in 1990 while attending Harvard Law School. This attracted the attention of publisher Simon and Schuster, which offered him a book contract with the Barack Obama signature. Although the contract was pulled three years later because he hadn’t written the book, Times Books eventually published it. It has been reprinted many times since.

3. Obama propelled himself into the national political scene with his antiwar speech in October 2002 during a rally against military force in Iraq at Chicago’s Federal Plaza. He was a state senator with a position as chairman of the Illinois Senate’s Health and Human Services Committee. Obama told the crowd that he was opposed to “dumb wars” that would cost lives.

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4. The decisive Barack Obama signature speech was at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. It was smooth sailing into the U.S. Senate after Obama was asked to deliver the keynote speech in support of John Kerry. The speech immediately made him a future candidate for president though he had not yet won his seat for the U.S. Senate, which would come later that year. “There’s not a black America and white America and Latino America and Asian America,” Obama told the convention and a large audience watching on TV. “There’s a United States of America.”

5. A confident Obama assured himself and a growing number of supporters of his entrance into the White House by announcing his presidential candidacy in front of the Old State House in Springfield, Illinois, during a rally on Feb. 10, 2007. This was the same spot where a previous president, Abraham Lincoln, made his “house divided” speech in 1858, a speech that would rally Republicans across the country and elect Lincoln president.

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