Obama’s Speech Transcript seen from a toastmaster’s filter

From the toastmaster’ filter:

Did he have clear 3 parts: 1. introduction 2. development 3. Conclusion?


We meet at a time of tension between the United States and Muslims around the world – tension rooted in historical forces that go beyond any current policy debate. The relationship between Islam and the West includes centuries of co-existence and cooperation, but also conflict and religious wars’ opens up his speech and clearly introduce the theme.


The development of his subject were made clear by naming each different issues,numbering them and expanding on them.

The first issue that we have to confront is violent extremism in all of its forms.

The second major source of tension that we need to discuss is the situation between Israelis, Palestinians and the Arab world.

The third source of tension is our shared interest in the rights and responsibilities of nations on nuclear weapons.

The fourth issue that I will address is democracy

The fifth issue that we must address together is religious freedom.

The sixth issue that I want to address is women’s rights.

Finally, I want to discuss economic development and opportunity


He artfully wraps up his speech by going back to the need of a new beginning and concluded strongly with messages of peace from the Holy Koran , Talud and the Holy Bible.

The issues that I have described will not be easy to address. But we have a responsibility to join together on behalf of the world we seek – a world where extremists no longer threaten our people, and American troops have come home; a world where Israelis and Palestinians are each secure in a state of their own, and nuclear energy is used for peaceful purposes; a world where governments serve their citizens, and the rights of all God’s children are respected. Those are mutual interests. That is the world we seek. But we can only achieve it together.

I know there are many – Muslim and non-Muslim – who question whether we can forge this new beginning.

Though not expressed I could sense the same positive reaffimation of  Yes we can in the ending!

We have the power to make the world we seek, but only if we have the courage to make a new beginning, keeping in mind what has been written.

The Holy Koran tells us, “O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another.”

The Talmud tells us: “The whole of the Torah is for the purpose of promoting peace.”

The Holy Bible tells us, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”

The people of the world can live together in peace. We know that is God’s vision. Now, that must be our work here on Earth. Thank you. And may God’s peace be upon you.

Great 1 2 3 method!

What about maintaining the interest of the audience? How did he maintain them hung to his speech?


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