Rhetorical Analysis Of President Obama 's Speech Essay

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In his speech “Statement by the President on ISIL”, broadcasted from The White House on September 10, 2014, President Obama makes a statement about the ongoing chaos caused by the terrorist group, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). President Obama delivers his message to the people of the United States of America, addressing them as “my fellow Americans”. During an American prime time, 9:00 pm, a day before the 13th anniversary of 9/11, the President appeared on the State Floor of the White House to let the American people know that he is doing all he can to stop terrorists from repeating attacks like the 9/11. In his speech, the President successfully uses the rhetorical strategies of ethos, pathos, and kairos to comfort and persuade the American people that Muslims are not terrorists and that ISIL who are the terrorists, will soon be eradicated.
First, the President uses a variety of ways to gain trust from his audience; he displays confidence as he speaks, addresses his previous raid in which of one of the most dangerous and feared terrorist leader Osama Bin Laden was killed as well as other sub-leaders of Al-Qaeda in Somalia and Yemen. By mentioning his previous success of destroying the terrorist leaders, he makes his audience feel safe, letting them know that America can defend its citizens. Therefore, he gives the people who were watching the speech a sense of security and the sense of America’s power over the terrorist groups. He ultimately informs the…

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