A Speechwriter’s Comments on the Biden Inauguration Speech

A few comments on the Biden Inauguration Speech.

  1. The use of alliteration. Alliteration can be an effective rhetorical device. Here are a few from this speech:

A day of history and hope. Of renewal and resolve

winter of peril and possibility, decency and dignity, greatness and of goodness

  1. There were two lines I felt were a nod to JFK’s inaugural address:

Biden: Today, we celebrate the triumph not of a candidate, but of a cause,

JFK: We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom

Biden: And so today, at this time and in this place, let us start afresh.

So here’s my message to those beyond our borders.

JFK: Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, . . . to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

  1. A Mantra can be very effective when it comes organically from the text: Biden used – I will defend 3 times as a repeatable mantra.

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