Speculating strategy behind Obama's speech

KHNL News 8's Zahid Arab speaks with Peter Rosegg
KHNL News 8's Zahid Arab speaks with Peter Rosegg

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL)- Expectations for Obama's inaugural address are huge and his words expected to be historic.

While mostly hush hush, the President-elect's hinted his speech will capture the country's current climate. But, with an inauguration so historic, so important, experts say the key is being inspirational.

After the oath, audiences expect something meaningful.

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," said Former President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

"Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country," said Former President John F. Kennedy.

Words that make every American proud to be one. Millions are expected to be on hand this year. Eyes, ears eagerly awaiting Mr. Obama.

"This moment when the entire world is watching," said Speech Writer Peter Rosegg.

Peter Rosegg's written speeches for politicians, presidents of companies and everyday people. He says the key is connecting with America.

"He's going to find ways to give us chicken skin. Maybe give us some tears but also leave us with a sense that we're going to get moving in the right direction. He doesn't talk down to people. He doesn't talk as if we're dumb, he doesn't necessarily use the biggest words in the language, he uses everyday words," said Rosegg.

But the question in everyone's mind, can he deliver. Setting the tone in a time of crisis, our newest president's words are expected to resonate throughout the country, world and into the pages of history.

Abraham Lincoln influences Mr. Obama's inauguration. The theme "A Birth of New Freedom," is a phrase from The Gettysburg Address.