On November Monday 17, 2003 Arnold Schwarzenegger gave his inaugural speech as the newly sworn in Governor of California. Standing at the podium in his expensive three piece suit with his dutiful wife standing behind him he thanked the citizens for believing in him and giving him a chance to fix some of the damage that has been done to their great state. Schwarzenegger is no stranger to public speaking or facing large crowds of people and his comfortableness showed throughout his acceptance speech.
Schwarzenegger did not have the overwhelming support of the public when it first got out he was interested in politics. The public still saw him as the bodybuilding champion and the ultimate action hero in Hollywood. He had to convince the public that he could do what he set out to do. If there were any doubts in the publics mind before his inauguration speech he brought a few disbelievers to change their tune and give their support.
Schwarzenegger prides himself of being a man for the people and thatâ€™s how he wants his term in office to be seen. He shows this by how he relates to the camera and what words he chose to express himself with. His choices of words were words of a man not a politician. He stood tall and faced the cameras and the people and got his message across.
His message is that he is a smart man despite his past movie roles and could believes he can make a difference in the world for the better. He fought for his chance to show California what he can do and his inaugural speech was just the beginning.
He used words that would emphasize his feelings and how they could relate to his constituents. According to Craig White at the Center for Participatory Change your want to connect with your listeners and that is what Schwarzenegger did created a connection. He continuously grouped himself and the citizens of the state of California as a whole. He created the picture that collectively they are on solid unit fighting the outside forces.