On Tuesday, August 31, 2010, the President of the United States of America gave a speech announcing the end of combat in Iraq. This comes after an almost decade long conflict with the Iraqi people. It was a relief for thousands of Americans. The obvious first thing I think anybody looked at during President Obama’s speech was President Obama himself. He had a confident posture, just like he has had since campaigning for Presidency. Even if he was not confident with his announcement, he portrayed it as though he was confident. Also, he was wearing a navy blue jacket, red tie, and white shirt. This may not be very noticeable to the average person, but looking closer this image creates a sense of patriotism in his own attire.
There were several other things that created patriotism in the background of President Obama’s speech. One of the things that may not have been noticed by any person simply not watching his speech was the American flag in the background. Had that flag not been there, many Americans may have been questioning President Obama’s real motives in this Presidency. This concept also applies to the flag with the United States seal on it. This flag has an eagle on it clutching olive branches with the words E Pluribus Enum on it. E Pluribus Enum is one of our national mottos meaning “Under Many, One”. This simple flag creates a sense of patriotism in America and unity for a country that has been divided by political parties.
Also behind President Obama were his family pictures. There were five pictures, each with different combinations of President Obama, his wife, and his two girls. To me, this portrayed a sense of family. It made President Obama relatable again, because everybody people watching was a member of some sort of family. To most people, President Obama’s message on Tuesday, August 31 was only verbal. To me, there were many messages portrayed in the image of his speech also.