The President 's War Message Essay

1599 Words Dec 6th, 2016 7 Pages
In “The President’s War Message, December 8, 1941”, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addresses the attacks on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in 1941. He addresses the people of the United States during this unexpected time assuring them their safety and the defeat of Japan. On December 7, 1941, Japanese planes bombed the stationed U.S naval fleet consisting of the ships: the USS Arizona, the USS Oklahoma, and the USS Utah, in the Philippines which killed over 2,400 naval and military personnel, including citizens on the island. The ships were eventually sunk or badly damaged. The attack also came as a surprise to U.S government officials, who were in the works of negotiations with the Japanese. In his speech, Roosevelt creates a bond between the people of the U.S and himself by being honest about the events of Pearl Harbor through the use of logos, understanding the pain of the American citizens through the use of Pathos, and reassuring their safety by stating that he takes his job as commander-in-chief seriously through the use of ethos.
Logos
Throughout the speech, President Franklin Roosevelt institutes logic on the cruel attack from Japan, that resulted in the loss of many American lives. He manages to do this with the help of facts from the attack now known as Pearl Harbor. He makes sense of scared Americans with more common sense to calm them down. He initiates his speech with the line, “ Yesterday, December 7,1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States…

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