Mark Puppe

Mark Puppe







Tomorrow, Barack Obama finally sheds that pesky “elect” term from his title and becomes the 44th President of the United States.

Millions will attend this monumental event while millions more experience it on TV. Every American should listen to President Obama describe the path our mighty nation will take over the next four years. Brace yourself for one of the most eloquent and memorable speeches of all time.

Over 40,000 security personnel and 7,000 porta potties will be on hand to keep things under control. Despite this colossal effort, I haven’t heard anything about all the Kleenex that will be needed when Obama’s speech intoxicates the masses to the point of celebratory tears – and there’s nothing wrong with that.

The inaugural speech will give our nation the jolt of jubilance it needs and Obama’s the perfect person to deliver it. Original rhetoric will surface, but the deep divisions plaguing the country require the new president to rely on quotes and quips that people like to hear repeated. Watch, he’ll inject power terms and phrases from Dr. King, Presidents Reagan, Kennedy and Lincoln, about the military and others everyone already adores because he has to excite EVERYONE. That can’t be done if he talks too much about things people don’t yet understand or appreciate. A demanding task, but he’ll use this strategy to addict the audience to the vision he articulates – at least until policy discussions start sobering people up.

On the other side of the coin, I bet you’ll even hear President George W. Bush quoted or mentioned with praise as an attempt to lessen peoples’ disdain for him, attract his supporters and use the status quo as a springboard for the new president’s agenda. I could be wrong, but it would be brilliant for Obama to do something of the sort.

The best way to win an audience is to strike emotional chords by hammering on concerns that all the members share – even if their thoughts are different. Whether Obama’s speech makes you happy or hostile, it will spark your interest and make his mark, which is the entire point of communication.

Any citizen that abstains from listening to Obama’s speech will hear so much about it that they’ll need to get a dose by watching it on You Tube or hear their kids recite it after history class.

What's President Obama's biggest challenge?  Post a comment below and inform the thousands who visit this site how you think it can be overcome.



Reader Comments (4)

Hi Mark,

Not only will there be people watching on TV or in person but there will probably be millions watching online from their laptop/desktop this year. I know I will be one of them.


January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Yes, we will be watching. This new President will be ushering in a change. And, regardless of our opinion or persuasion, we need to stay informed and involved with the political process.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSuzie

The new president has the task of uniting a deeply divided country. Let's pray this First Speech meets its mark in setting the tone for the next four years.

January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDeanna

This is why I like Fascinating post.

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMerlin

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