2015 Obama State of the Union Address

To highlight the positives of the new century, President Obama refers to memorable trials the United States has had to face. He recalls on the negative first to leave an impression that there was good done, even outweighing the bad. In either distinction, he uses examples that would have affected the average American to connect himself to his audience. He achieves this with the use of personal pronouns such as “we” and “our” to include himself, a strategy used in many political addresses. By including himself in the American people’s struggle, Obama instills confidence and familiarity boosting his approval in his listeners. The President also assures that everything is going well. Money is not an issue, availability of energy is no issue, the recession is also not an issue.

Following in FDR’s footsteps, Obama defines his plan of immediate action. By keeping his word, the President is able to build up a trust in the American people, further contributing to his approval rating. In an additional method to improve the citizen’s approval, President Obama describes anecdotes, of people who he assumingly has met, who have struggled financially in recent times. He relates their challenges to our own, and also their triumph over their challenges as our own.

Obama repeats the phrase “We believed” to emphasize that very phrase and the success America has seen due to that belief. He seems to be implying that as long as America believes, that faith hope will manifest into reality. The President is able to connect his speech to itself, referring back to Rebekah the struggling wife/mother anecdote at the end of his speech restating that America has been a struggling family, but the future is ours to decide.


History of Gatsby

It is amazing that one of the most beloved novels in American literature was once hated to such a degree as in the early 1900s. Fitzgerald himself knew it was a flop, possibly because the female characters were unlikable. Most novel reviewers thought the book had nothing special. That suddenly changed, as American soldiers came home from WWII. Many had been given a copy of The  Great Gatsby to read while away at war, and brought their copies with them. Now that society had access to the book, a switch suddenly turned on and Gatsby became a huge success. It is fascinating that a new era of critics found some spark of literature to enjoy in a book thought nothing of.

Maybe someone thought highly of Fitzgerald’s novel early on and pushed for it to be in an Armed Services Edition, to boost its popularity. Even if this wasn’t the case, people learned from the impact giving items to the military had on its revival in society. M&Ms and Tabasco sauce were failing, but the Armed Forces brought them back again in a similar fashion to The Great Gatsby. Were it not for thousands of soldiers carrying their copy of Gatsby home, we most likely wouldn’t be reading it today. Makes one believe in the ripple effect.

Francis Crick

Francis Crick is a scientist who lived from 1916-2004. Crick lived during the time of Jane Addams, Mohandas Gandhi, and Martin Luther King Jr.He studied physics at University College, London. He mastered the field as indicative of his Bachelor of Science and the beginning of his research for a Ph.D., unfortunately interrupted by wartime. Crick also learned organic chemistry, biology, and crystallography as well as received his Ph.D. during his years after serving in the Admiralty. One of his achievements was creating a general theory on x-ray diffraction of a double helix in DNA along with W. Cochran and V. Vand. X-ray crystallography is a way to see the structure of a crystal on the molecular and atomic level.

Through this research, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, became a Fellow of the Royal Society, among other prestigious societies; ; and awarded the Prix Charles Leopold Meyer of the French Academy of Sciences. Crick married twice, and had 3 children in total. His work in DNA research led to an explanation of gene replication and chromosome.