This Vice-President Joe Biden speech was all about introducing the President on Tuesday at the White House. So, in a glowing speech to an enthusiastic audience the Vice-President used the phrase, “History is Made,” six times to introduce Barack Obama.
The occasion was the symbolic signing of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, a historic piece of legislation that expands health insurance coverage to millions of Americans.
When you have to introduce a speaker, you might well suffer from public speaking anxiety. Not so, Vice-President Joe Biden. Because this short Biden speech was a superb, fitting introduction.
So, his speech made good use of classical rhetorical devices, not least repetition. But his classical allusions went further. Drawing on the poet, Virgil, he noted:
“The greatest wealth is health: Today America becomes a whole lot wealthier.”
His four minute introduction steered clear of sycophancy but made the point. Because it’s a historic moment for America and Americans.
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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+
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