Rhetorical Analysis Of Obama 's Speech Essay

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Barrack Obama’s speech “Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation Syria” and Vladimir Putin’s op-ed, “A Plea for Caution From Russia”, in September of 2011 address the issue of chemical weapon usage in Syria. Obama’s speech looks at alternative solutions rather than slipping into a War; while Putin’s op-ed was made in reply to Obama’s, he requests a need for complete caution on any decision made. “Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation Syria” is more likely to address a country and the world in a more inviting way over “A Plead for Caution From Russia” due to the diction and control Obama presented in a time of distress. Barack Obama in the speech “Remarks by the President in Address to the Nation Syria” persuades his audience, the United States and the rest of the world, by showing the power he has in the situation at hand. He remains placid and secure in everything he states throughout his speech. He states the facts, though heart wrenching, that over 100,00 individuals have been killed in Syria, including the innocent. He makes use of pathos to automatically strike emotion in his audience making them more susceptible to the topic. Obama is able to alienate Syria forcing them to be shown as an enemy when stating, “The United States Senate overwhelmingly approved an international agreement prohibiting the use of chemical weapons, now joined by 189 governments that represent 98 percent of humanity” (Obama). He explains furthermore why Americans…

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