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  1. Sep 2016
    1. And these changes have been welcomed, even though there are still opponents to these policies.  But still, many people on both sides of this debate have asked:  Why now?  Why now?

      Obama used "common ground" to bring together all the oppositions that he may face when discussing the policies. By bringing in something that everyone has been thinking despite the differences they feel, Obama is able to create unity.

    2. The differences between our governments over these many years are real and they are important.

      To me, this seems to be an example of euphemism. President Obama uses this first sentence to make the conversation he is about to have with the people more pleasant and not as strained. The word differences makes the speech not as uncomfortable as it could be