Introduction to Barack Obama's Clementa Pinckney Eulogy (02:41)
On June 17, 2015, a 21 year old white man opened fire on a church in South Carolina, killing 9 people, including the pastor. He reportedly wanted to "start a race war" and was involved in white supremacist groups. The community responded with blacks and whites uniting in the streets, and President Obama gave a speech.
Part One: Barack Obama - Clementa Pinckney Eulogy (10:35)
President Obama begins his speech with a eulogy for Clementa C. Pinckney. The president remembers the faith and love that emanated from the senior pastor and the work he did as a state senator for the people of South Carolina.
Part Two : Barack Obama - Clementa Pinckney Eulogy (16:59)
President Obama praises the people slain on June 17, 2015, acknowledging how painful it is that the murders occurred in the church, the center of African-American community. He says that hate crimes are not random, but attempts to terrorize and oppress. He reminds the audience that the family of the slain in court responded to the killer with kindness and forgiveness, and that the state of South Carolina, and the United States of America responded to the evil act with revulsion and thoughtful introspection.
Part Three: Barack Obama - Clementa Pinckney Eulogy (09:58)
President Obama says Americans have been blind to the mayhem of gun violence; 30 people are killed by gun violence every day. He acknowledges that gun control measures will not prevent every tragedy, but notes that most responsible gun owners want to make the moral choice.
Introduction to Emma Watson on Feminism (02:27)
Actress, model, and activist Emma Watson delivered a speech before the United Nations General Assembly on feminism as a right for women that should be supported by both genders. Watson was named British Actress of the Year in 2014 and utilized her humanness and nervousness to speak frankly to her audience.
Emma Watson on Feminism (11:44)
Watson participates in a campaign called HeForShe, attempting to garner the support of men and boys to advocate for change. Watson dispels thoughts that feminism has anything to do with "man hating" and defines the term as the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. She uses statistical data regarding suicide and young men to drive the point that feminism is beneficial to men as well as women.
Introduction to Michelle Obama's Commencement Speech (02:28)
First lady Michelle Obama uses the airmen of the 332nd Fighter Group as the template for her commencement speech directed at black students who will face many obstacles in coming years. Her speech is optimistic, hopeful, and encouraging for the graduates.
Part One: Michelle Obama -Commencement Speech (14:02)
First Lady Obama thanks President Johnson for awarding her with an honorary degree from Tuskegee University. Obama addresses the racism faced by the highly educated Tuskegee Airmen, and notes the sacrifices and efforts made Booker T. Washington and George Washington Carver. She speaks about the scrutiny and racist remarks she and her husband faced as the first African American family in the White House.
Part Two: Michelle Obama -Commencement Speech (12:10)
Mrs. Obama talks about who she is as a person and discusses the issues she chose to take on as First Lady. She encourages the graduates to make their own decisions and to use their hearts to guide them. She acknowledges the difficulties black graduates will likely face, drawing on her and her husband's experiences, but warns that these are not excuses.
Introduction to Joe Biden's Rafael Ramos Eulogy (02:53)
Politician Joe Biden was selected to deliver a eulogy for slain New York Police Department officer Rafael Ramos. Biden is particularly adept at making eulogies because of the tragedies he has experienced in his life.
Joe Biden - Rafael Ramos Eulogy (13:29)
Biden addresses the Ramos family, drawing on his own tragic experiences to reach the family. Biden describes the goodness of Rafael Ramos and his partner, and praises their commitment to their work. He praises the NYPD and New York City as a whole.
Introduction to Jeb Bush's NRA Speech Introduction (02:30)
Jeb Bush received a degree in Latin American Affairs before going on to work in politics. He became the 43rd governor of Florida and was re-elected. He made a speech addressing the National Rifle Association.
Jeb Bush - NRA Speech (12:58)
Bush says that the Obama Administration should focus on Islamic terrorists instead of "law-abiding Americans." He continues to assert the rights of gun owners and the laws he enacted in Florida. He speaks about passing a law that allows people to defend their homes with guns.
Credits: Great Speeches, Volume 29: Barack Obama, Emma Watson, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, and Jeb Bush. (00:01)
Credits: Great Speeches, Volume 29: Barack Obama, Emma Watson, Michelle Obama, Joe Biden, and Jeb Bush.
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