Tuesday, May 3, 2011

President Obama's speech on the death of Osama Bin Laden

It's likely to become a Famous Speech; it's a carefully-structured piece of rhetoric worth considering in the English classroom (I'm thinking of how Earl Spencer's speech at his sister Diana's funeral was part of an English HSC paper a few years ago).  News reports say that Obama wrote it himself.

The above YouTube link from the whitehouse channel:

A transcript of the speech can be found here.

Another one to share with your English teachers.

Added later: I had been talking with our English teachers about this, and one came back to me today (4 May) with this article by Pamela Gerloff of the Huffington Post: The Psychology of Revenge: Why We Should Stop Celebrating Osama Bin Laden's Death.  Said it generated excellent discussion in her classroom.

Further information/opinion is from respected human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC, on the ABC website: Bin Laden's killing 'a perversion of justice'.



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