Ronald Regan's Inaugural Speech Analysis

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During the 20th century, The United States suffered from many issues, including war, economic depression, lack of equal rights, and unstable foreign relations. During this time, Franklin D. Roosevelt was president for almost twelve years, essentially four terms, from 1933-1945. Ronald Regan served two terms from 1981-1989. Franklin D. Roosevelt went into office when the country was in the midst of an economic panic, and Regan also was inaugurated into office while the US was experiencing “economic ills”, similar to the economic depression in the 30s. Furthermore, becoming president during the times that Regan and FDR did was a huge challenge and took a lot of courage. Both president’s gave a speech when they were inaugurated into office, they …show more content…
He starts off by referring to presidency as “nothing less than a miracle”, basically saying how special presidency is. Then he thanked the former president for “all [his] help in maintaining the continuity which is the bulwark of the republic”. Instead of bashing him or not acknowledging him, like most people would do, he shows him respect and gratitude. Regan goes on to address the issues most Americans are affected by, money. He uses the words “We” and “us” a lot in his speech, really making the audience feel like a part of Regan’s address, and he rarely uses “I”. He addresses the economic downfall in such a real way, talking about the “shattered lives of millions”, the “struggling young”, and “fixed-income elderly”. Americans are going to relate to this, and relateabiliy is a quality that makes people likable. Regan speaks very strongly and passionately talking about the tax burden, “We are going to begin to act,, beginning today”. He then reassures the nation that the economic problem “will go away” and says he will do anything to “preserve this last and greatest bastion of freedom”. The word freedom registers in a very emotional way with many americans, creating an emotional appeal. He promises to make interest groups, who have “been long too neglected”, a main concern for him as they are the “We the people” also known as “americans”. Regan really emphasizes “americans”, this is creating …show more content…
Roosevelt’s speeches were compared and contrasted to determine which speaker had a better appeal. Ronald Regan displayed evident use of all three appeals, making him the better speaker. Although FDR may have had better content, and a more intellectual appeal, Regan hit the nation’s emotion’s in his address. Franklin D. Roosevelt didn’t really talk up Americans as much as Regan did, but rather dragged on about the great depression, which is well, depressing. Ronald referred some very credible political figures, such as the founding fathers, giving himself an ethos appeal. Franklin didn’t build himself much credibility in the address, instead just relied on the assumption that people trusted him. FDR made various assumptions in speech, and used wording that some people may not understand. Regan’s speech was more understandable to the average American. Overall, Ronald Regan’s address was more effective to the

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