Not a whole lot of folks bother to analyze Barack Hussein Obama’s speeches; they either dismiss them or eat them right up. And with that said we should be careful of what choice we make.
Back in 2008 Charlotte Higgins wrote a column for the Guardian and attempted to compare Obama with the historically great orator, Marcus Tullius Cicero…Cicero for short. Higgins writes:
Personally I don’t like the comparison of someone as notable as Cicero with a previously unknown Community Organizer who obviously is making inroads on his promise to fundamentally change America. I will concede to Higgins’ observation that his successes are due to the use of the tricolon, a term that is not used too frequently. That is unless you are a grammar and composition expert.
We find such an expert over at About.com by the name of Richard Nordquist who also describes Obama’s speeches as ‘tricolon’. Nordquist expresses that notion here:
Definition: A rhetorical termfor a series of three parallelwords, phrases, or clauses; Plural: tricolons or tricola. Adjective: tricolonic
Note: Obama is also an expert in the use of sophistry: The use of reasoning or arguments that sound correct but are actually false. Personally, I think it's just a fancy word for lying!