President Roosevelt And The Attack On Pearl Harbor Essay

957 Words Oct 20th, 2016 4 Pages
To War “December 7th, 1941 a date which will live in infamy.” This line is seared into many American’s minds. It was used as a call to action, to get people on their feet, and to get them to fight back. Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) delivered this powerful line on December 8th, 1941, just a day after the Japanese led the attack on Pearl Harbor. The speech he made that day is one of the most memorable in the history of America. It not only brought the country into World War II, it also helped pave the way to establish this nation as a premier world superpower. The purpose of his Pearl Harbor speech was to urge Congress to approve a war with Japan, officially beginning the Second World War. The speech was also publicly accessible, which gave it a secondary purpose: to get the American people to rally together behind the cause, and prove the country would not stand for such transgressions. President Roosevelt’s use of raw emotion and undeniable intelligence was ultimately effective in rallying Congress and the American people to enter a great time of war. Roosevelt’s credibility (ethos) goes without saying. Not only was he the current president, but was also nearing the end of his fourth term as president. The American people adored FDR and trusted him enough to elect him to serve as president for a grand total of 12 straight years. Other speakers might have had to use statistics and facts in order to prove their credibility, but Roosevelt’s position of power through the…

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