I heard Obama said, "President Bush was so focused on the war in Iraq he lost sight of the problems that had been mounting here in Michigan and here in the US".

Is this style common? and What effect does it create?

Thanks in advance.
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Sure. I'm not sure what you find odd about it.
It emphasises the problems HERE - at home , as opposed to the focus being on foreign policy.
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Thanks, GG and Optilang.

GG, Usually in writing, I see "In a state in the country". In this case, "in Michigan in the US"
Actually, it is written in a very good style. The focus is on showing the difference between concerns abroad and concerns at home. He doubled the emphasis on the problems at home, and could have intensified it even more by saying "here in Detroit, here in Michigan, and here in the US".
I am not an expert in rhetoric by any means, but I believe this is an example of anaphora, defined by this helpful site as "the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive phrases, clauses or lines." They go on to give the example of Churchill's famous speech: "we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds..."
Or, to quote one of my favorite movies, Galaxy Quest: "Never give up, never surrender!" Certainly "Never give up or surrender" doesn't have nearly the same poetic ring.
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I think it also makes it clear that these problems are found both at a local level (in Michigan) and nationally throughout the US. so those are serious problems! It also makes the politician sound sympathetic to those specific local voters, while not forgetting the wider effects.
Thanks, Optilang, Gordon, GG, Delmobile and Nona. I get it now.
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