Rhetorical Analysis Of Bush's 9/11 Speech

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On September 11th 2001, the United States had been confronted with what was considered the greatest national tragedy in recent history. Many Americans were jarred, if not terrified upon learning the Twin Towers of New York City were attacked by four hijacked airplanes, led by a foreign terrorist group. With his country in full panic, President Bush had to not only reassure the people at large, but inform them of what transpired, what will be done in response, and how similar attacks will be prevented in the future. This is a momentous task that had to be created and executed with assertiveness, intelligence, precision, and suaveness, immediately. By evening, Bush was prepared to address the nation.
For release from the Office of the Press Secretary, who at the time was Lawrence A.
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In the address, Bush first reflects in colorful detail on how people have been affected emotionally and the impact to have lost so many lives; he then proclaims “These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed; our country is strong.” He goes on to describe the significance, bravado, and resilience of the United States and its people, both overall and in response to …show more content…
This is what makes this specific piece intriguing to critique, it was effective in practice but upon inspection it lacked depth as a persuasive rhetorical speech. The majority of Bush’s speech was in dichotomous language in order to play on the predetermined distress of the viewers. Not only that but there was never any explanation to the audience as to why the enemy of the speech may act in such ways, in a critical light, describing the attackers as evil is not convincing in

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