In 2001, George W. Bush gave a speech to Congress after the terrorist attack on 9/11. Although I was 10 years old and unable to understand everything then, I am able to understand them now. And as an American citizen I stand by Bush wanting to keep America free and the world a safe place for all human’s to live in. Bush gave this speech on September 20, 2001. Nine days after America had been attacked by terrorists. Bush makes sure to thank many people, including all of America for pulling together and helping each other in this time of confusion and weakness. He then goes on to explain to American why we were attacked and who these terrorists were. They terrorists were al-Qaida, whose goal is to remake the world and impose their radical beliefs on people everywhere. And when it comes down to the important part of Bush’s message, he lets American know that we are going to take matters into our own hands and these terrorists will be taken down. In order to make everyone feel that Bush is paying attention to everything going on, he reassures us that despite what happened American is doing just fine, “My fellow citizens, for the last nine days, the entire world has seen for itself the state of union, and it is strong” (Bush) he then goes on to speak about how America is going to solve the issue of terrorism by having the terrorists turn themselves over, “And tonight the United States of America makes the following demands on the Taliban. Deliver to United States authorities all of the leaders of al-Qaida who hide in your land. Release all foreign nationals, including American citizens you have unjustly imprisoned. Protect foreign journalists, diplomats and aid workers in your country. Close immediately and permanently every terrorist training camp in Afghanistan. And hand over every terrorist and every person and their support structure to appropriate authorities. Give the United States full access to terrorist training camps, so we can make sure they are no longer...
...George W Bush: The 9/11 Crisis
George W Bush had a very big political background, so it wasn’t surprising when he ran for presidency and won. He was born on July 6, 1946, making him a member of the “baby boom” generation, born after WWII. He was the first born of Barbara Pierce Bush and George Herbert Walker Bush. They nicknamed him ‘Georgie’. He had 5 siblings; Pauline Robinson Bush, John Ellis Bush, Neil Mallon Bush, Marvin Pierce Bush and Dorothy Walker Bush. Although they were wealthy, George HW wanted an adventurous career. Therefore, they moved to West Texas where he accepted a job offer from his friend in an oil corporation. In 1950, the Bushes moved to Midland. There, they contributed so much to the community. Soon, George decided to go into the oil business for himself. Sometimes, he would take Georgie along with him to the old fields. In 1952, the Bush family moved again. Also in 1952, Grandfather Prescott Bush, back in Connecticut, ran for election to the US Senate. Although Texas was fiercely Democratic, GeorgeBush organized a local Republican committee and campaigned enthusiastically for General Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower (Gormley 11).
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...SAMPLE SPEECH OUTLINE
Attention Getter: How many of you still remember September 11, 2001?
Connect/Relate with the Audience: Many of us were around the age of 9 or 10 when these attacks occurred and didn't have a clue of what was going on. We just knew it wasn't normal.
Thesis: The World Trade Center attacks were part of a strategic plan of a terrorist group al-Qaeda. And I will be mapping out the attacks as they unfolded.
Preview of Main Points: Four planes were hijacked, each intended for different targets. According to the New York Times, the flights that were hijacked included AA Flight 11, UA Flight 175, AA Flight 77, and UA Flight 93. (Schmemann A1)
Transition to Body: These attacks have proven that evil still exists in this world but even after such a loss, our nation still stands strong.
BODY (2-5 MAIN POINTS)
I. First Main Point: American Airlines flight 11 was the first plane to hit.
a. First Sub-point: Intended flight was from Boston, Massachusetts to Los Angeles, California. (Schmemann A1)
i. Support : It carried 87 passengers plus the hijackers.
ii. Support : Three people were injured and 1 was killed when the hijacking took place.
b. Second Sub-point: Flight 11 hit the WTC north building at approximately 8:46 AM.
iii. Support : Many believed this crash was not on purpose but was because of the jet...
On the morning of September 11, 2001 the World Trade Center Towers one and two were destroyed in an act of terrorism. New York City and the entire country were shocked, traumatized, and infuriated. Later that day President George W. Bush gave a speech to the American people. President Bush’s five minute long speech was one of the most important and influential speeches of the 21st century. He got into the hearts and heads of the American people with the use of rhetoric.
Throughout the speech President Bush uses rhetorical language many times and in several different ways. He especially uses pathos all through his 9/11speech. He gets to people’s emotions by trying to connect the victims and family to the listener by naming what all the people where, “secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors.” Any of those positions or roles could have been the listener’s mother, father, brother, sister, or friend.
GeorgeBush uses lots of repetition in his speech. He uses words like “great”, “strong”, and “powerful” to describe America. He is presenting the theme that America as strong and powerful as ever, even though it has just been shattered and shell-shocked. As he talks about the people who conspired to...
...GeorgeBushSpeechGeorgeBush addressed the people of America with powerful speech after the horrific terrorist attack of 911. GeorgeBush used authoritative and military language to convey the tone of determination and leadership as we see by the way he says “called to defend freedom”. In his opening line deictic expression is used as he says “tonight we are a country awakened to danger…” out of context this line would make no sense, so we must have knowledge of what is occurring to understand it. The tone he used in the first paragraph brought feeling of certainty and assurance to the nation by stating “whether we bring our enemies….justice will be done.” This use of the language technique epistrophe and repetition is an attempt to rebuild the trust, confidence and hope of the American government and its citizens. Throughout this first paragraph GeorgeBush uses personal pronouns to directly address the nation, making it more personal and more likely to evoke a response from his global audience. His American accent also has a personal effect on the nation as they know that he is grieving with them as he is one of them. We also see him map out the process of grieving in which the nation will go through as he says “grief to anger, and anger to resolution”.
His first line in the second paragraph “on...
...were led by Osama bin Laden. On September 20th, nine days after the attack on the country, President George W. Bush addressed Congress with an impromptu State of the Union address. In this oration, Bush uses excessive amounts of pathos, which, when combined with multiple anaphoras and an urgently imperative tone, creates a product that reaches out to the American people as a whole in a call for not only remembrance, but action.
With America still reeling from the demolition of the Twin Towers, George W. Bush presented his information in a well-organized style that was punctuated with questions and answers. This served to give the President a more conversational tone, and made the tense audience much more relaxed. Many of the congressmen, indeed, much of the American people, had the same questions that Bush brought forward, and they clung to his every word in the hopes of shedding light upon the mystery of 9/11. The questions were well chosen, as they allowed the President to steer the speech in a direction that would justify immediate action, as apposed to a more reserved, cautious approach.
Bush incriminated bin Laden and his cohorts of Al-Qaeda, and gave some statistics about the fatalities of the act of terrorism. These numbers had a dual purpose. The first, and most obvious, was the simple dissemination of information to the...
...How does Obama persuade the audience that the killing of Osama bin Laden was legitimate?
Obama’s purpose of the speech is to persuade the audience that the killing of Osama bin Laden was legitimate. To do this, Obama has to appeal to all of his audiences, but particularly towards the American citizens because they were the people who were affected most by 9/11. Obama also targets his speech at al Queda as well as other terrorist groups to convey the actions he will take to keep his American people safe from harm. Obama uses passionate imagery, pathos and persuasion to justify the killing of bin Laden. Towards the end of the speech, Obama’s intention is to persuade his audience into thinking assassinating bin Laden on the soil of another nation was justifiable.
During the speech, Obama’s use of poignant imagery pulls upon the heart strings of his target audience in particular those affected by 9/11, which could be argued is all American’s. An example of Obama manipulating the audience into sympathising with his actions is the image of the “the empty seat at the dinner table”. Stating this Obama invokes another powerful emotion from the audience, that emotion is anger. When saying this, Obama implies that the rubble and dirt can be cleared away however the pain cannot, it shall stay and stick in the heads of the victim’s families. Additionally, this phrase is a...
...many of you can still remember exactly where you was on 9/11? I remember I was in my 2nd grade classroom and hearing over the intercom that our teachers needed to turn on the T.V. As we began watching the horrific events that was taking place and yet to take place, we was all confused on what was happening, and why. We just knew what we was watching was not normal. The World Trade Center attacks were part of a strategic plan of a terrorist group al-Qaeda. Throughout the speech, I will be mapping out the attacks as they unraveled. Four planes were hijacked, each intended for different targets. According to the New York Times, the flights that were hijacked included American Airlines Flight 11, United Airlines Flight 175, American Airlines 77, and United Airlines Flight 93 (Schememann A1.)
American Airlines Flight 11, which carried five Al-Qaeda terrorists, 81 passengers, and 11 crewmembers, was the first plane to hit the North Twin Tower. The flight was scheduled from Boston, Massachusetts to L.A. California. Within fifteen minutes of that flight, the Al-Qaeda hijackers had injured three people, killed one, and forcibly made their way into the cockpit, and overtook the captain and first officer. Mohamed Atta was the hijacker that took over the planes control, and was in control of the events that followed. The air control system realized something was wrong when they lost all...
...Essay of George W. Bush’s Speech, 9/11 Address to the Nation
I read and watched George W. Bush’s “9/11 Address to the Nation” and found the speech to be ineffective. The President’s speech started off and ended efficiently with it’s appeal to pathos, however, it’s lack in logos overshadowed this and made the speech unsuccessful. This essay will examine the President’s use of rhetorical appeals and how they made his speech a failure.
The president’s speech started off with an appeal to pathos by sounding sympathetic and playing on the audiences’ emotions. He spoke of all the victims the attack effected. Bush says, “The victims were...men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors.” Bush also used descriptive words that almost painted a picture of how horrific the attack was in saying, “the pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge--huge structures collapsing have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger.” The second paragraph of the speech also appealed to pathos by Bush acknowledging his audiences’ sense of patriotism stating, “America was targeted for attack because we’re the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world. And no one will keep that...