George W. Bush Addressing the nation after the 9/11 attacks
George Bush begins the speech with a solemn address and informs the people of America about the tragic events that unfolded. The aim of this speech was to reassure the public that they are now safe and the perpetrators will be brought to justice. The use of inclusive pronouns, such as ‘we’ and ‘our’, is just one of the ways in which he builds a sense of unity and togetherness with the audience. He makes it feel like he is equal to them and shares their pain and will help them through their struggles.
In the second paragraph, Bush begins on talking about the severity of the attacks. He speaks about the variety of people that died, ‘the victims were on the airplanes, or in their offices-secretaries, businessmen and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads.’ As well as the victims in the plane, he includes the hard-working office workers and the devoted federal workers who lost their lives trying to save others. He ends the line with ‘moms and dads’ and ‘friends and neighbours’, trying to get empathy from the audience that little children have lost their parents and ordinary people have lost their close friends.
Later on, George Bush then gives a sense of hope to the nation. He says that the attacks demonstrate the strength of the country and says America is the ‘brightest beacon for freedom’ and that the attacks ‘cannot touch the foundation of America’. George Bush then tries to take a little credit in the emergency response by using the words ‘I implemented’ so that the people still support him as a president. Bush then reassures the public by saying that he will ‘take every precaution to protect our citizens’. He goes on to show the stability of the financial institution and economy.
President Bush then expresses his gratitude to the workers and congressmen who joined him strongly in condemning these acts. He talks about the other world leaders who offered their condolences by...
...GeorgeBushSpeechGeorgeBush addressed the people of America with powerful speech after the horrific terrorist attack of 9 11. 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 behalf of America…” shows that in...
...purpose of George Bush’s speech is to justify his future military actions and to unite the Americans by appealing to their emotions. Bush used a variety of emotive language and stylistic devices to express his concern over the incident for the audience.
Content and Theme
Firstly, Bush structured this speech is very small paragraphs. When he delivered the speech he speaks very slowly and never speaks more than 6 sentences at a time. Also, he pauses very often to allow the audience to clap for his speech. This gives an opportunity for the audience to give a very positive response to his campaign. Displaying the popularity and support GeorgeBush has to the international community.
These short sentences delivers short and concise point for the speech.
Bush themed the speech to target the international community and local Americans. This is particularly important because the incident attracted global media attention to America. It is imperative that the president takes advantage of this opportunity to gain support for America. In the speech, Bush purposefully emotes people globally to pre-justify the military actions he will take to ‘bring justice to our enemies’. In the speech, he said ‘Nor will we forget the citizens of 80 other nations who died with our...
George W. BushSpeech 9/11
On the date of September 11, 2001, an unexpected tragedy affected the whole nation, but our President George W. Bush helped our nation sustain a peaceful mood with his motivational speech and powerful use of bible verses.
“The nation is strong” this statement made by Mr. Bush emphasizes that we all are one nation and in order to keep one another unified we must share each other’s pain as citizens of the U.S. To be honest George W. Bush has showed all of us normal Americans that he is more than just a President, He is a human being, that he has worries and fears just as we everyday citizens do. Another statement that came about was “Financial constitution remains strong” This statement lets all of America know that even though we have been hit by the enemy, we still are strong financially. I believe that GWB letting us Americans know that we are financially ok made a few citizens more confident that we will succeed, because we still have money to care for the people who have been harmed the most and lost loved ones.
On September 11, 2001, America felt its vulnerability even to threats that gather on the other side of the earth, GWB has created a phenomenal speech that has become a very memorable part of American history, I like the speech and from my perspective I...
October 12, 2011
Rhetorical Analysis Midterm Essay
Former President George W. Bush gave a powerful speech addressing the people of America after the horrific terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 against the American government and its citizens. Bush used simple, yet authoritative, language to convey the message of firm leadership to listeners across the globe. The tone he used was one that brought feelings of wrath, fearfulness, and sympathy to his audience by stating that the ones harmed “were in airplanes, or in their offices; secretaries, business men and women, military and federal workers, moms and dads, friends and neighbors” and “We will make no distinction between the terrorists who committed these acts and those who harbor them.”
Bush had to appeal to many audiences in his speech. This included, but was not limited to, the people in New York City, Washington D.C., the general American population, worldwide leaders and citizens, and the terrorists themselves. Bush sent a dominant message to open his speech. He did not start with the typical “My fellow Americans” as most presidents use to begin to address the Nation, but instead, “Good evening. Today our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack in a series of deliberate and deadly terrorist acts”. This gave a sense of...
...transition in the presidency. On January 20, 2009 Barack Obama was swore into the Presidency making him the 44th President of the United States and the first African American President and still remains in this seat.
Barack Obama’s address on gun violence reduction in Colorado (3 April 2013) was brought about because of the high number of shootings that had occurred across the country and as President Obama states in his speech, “More than 2,000 of our fellow citizen, struck down, often because they were just going about their daily round.” (par. 6). It was the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting on December 14, 2012 the triggered Obama to first take major action on gun control. President Obama on the 16th January 2013 signed 23 executive orders all regarding gun control and urged congress make serious changes to that involving not only guns but also ammunition. This speech actually took place 14 years ago on the month of the Columbine and only a year after the aurora shooting. Both of these shooting occurred in Colorado so with Obama holding his speech at this time in this state it will strike closer to home for the people.
Throughout President Obamas address on gun violence and reduction in Colorado, he strongly establishes and supports his ethos. Ethos can be defined as the guiding beliefs of a person, group, or organization and is used to establish credibility. It distinguishes their character, moral nature and guiding...
...Bono's speech at the Harvard University
Bono, the lead singer of the famous rock band U2, gave a speech at the Harvard University on June 6th, 2001. Bono focused on the world’s primary problems. Bono tries to convince the students at Harvard University, that the world has some issues that someone should take care of.
In the beginning of Bono’s speech, Ethos is used to get reliance from the audience. He begins describing himself; “I am a singer and a songwriter but I am also a father, four times over. I am a friend to dogs. I am a sworn enemy of the saccharine and a believer in grace over karma.” This exemplifies, that he wants to be seen as a human. He talks about his everyday life; he says that he is a dog person, a Christian and a father of four children. By saying this he shows the audience that it doesn't matter what you are or what you do in your everyday life, at the bottom we are all the same and we can, and should, all help the world with its problems.
Bono represents the development of his work, with his friend from Harvard, Larry Summers. The way Bono expresses the story makes the listener feel integrated. Bono uses many rhetorical agents to make the audience feel inspired and interested. Bono uses a very describing language, which makes it possible for the audience to create picture of his work with Larry Summers. Bono uses a metaphor for how devastating it has been working with Summers “The religious right...
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...Bush’s Commencement Speech
Barbara Bush has a very good ethos as a writer. Throughout her speech she utilizes that, along with much pathos to help bring across her message: that today a new world is forming, and the students of Wellesley College are the future of society, so find where you think you fit in to society, not where others say you have to go.
In her speech, Barbara Bush discusses how she went to the People’s Republic of China, which is where the future of society will be. This definitely strengthens her ethos. Bush also continues on to talk about how she chose literacy as her place in life, which helps to qualify her as a writer and a speaker. As she wraps up her speech, Bush brings up her life in the “White House as the President’s spouse”. This final statement really solidifies her ethos. All of this helps to support her message, because she uses herself as a sort of example or role model for the students. She traveled to the future of society. She went where she thought she fit in life, as a writer. She married the future president because she wanted to, not because others thought it would be a good match. Everything she discusses with her ethos supports her message.
Some of the strongest points that Barbara Bush made in her speech were supported by her use of pathos. Bush referenced many things...