Bush's Claim to the Presidency Today’s leading news stories range from sports to overseas affairs, and from these Americans must decide what is important to our nation. Governor George W. Bush tries to make this decision a little easier in his announcement of candidacy on June 12, 1999 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Like most candidates in an election, Bush’s main purpose is to present his ideas to a large audience and convince them that he is the man that can change the presidency. Governor Bush offers his opinion on free trade, our current military power, and drawing a moral line in politics. Bush speaks elegantly to his intended audience, which consists of his loyal supporters and those interested in changing America’s political scene with a “compassionate president.” At the same time he tends to exclude people who haven’t kept up with his agenda or that are not in the market for significant political transformation.
Analysis of JFK’s Inaugural Address in 1961 Throughout history, Presidents have used the Inaugural Address as an opportunity to help the mental framework of the American people and to the greater world. In order to effectively do so, those who craft the address must exhibit a mastery of rhetoric. More so than in other writing pieces, an Inaugural Address by nature appeals more to the rhetorical element of emotion. This is due to the fact that the address is intended to move its audience with powerful and socially lasting statements. The rhetorical element of emotion was especially vital to the address of former President John F. Kennedy.
Kennedy’s usage of “we” rather than “I” gives the audience a sense that they exist as part of something big, perhaps a family, while portraying Kennedy as a people’s president who desires to be a “person in the crowd.” Throughout his address, Kennedy establishes pathos mainly by appealing to American patriotism, a significant concept during the Cold War period in which Americans needed a jingoistic spirit to succeed. By reminding his audience of their forefathers and instigating parallels between “the first revolution” and the present generation, “born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage,” the president grasps the attention of the audience. He even stresses the value of liberty and this generation’s dedication to the survival of that value to rou... ... middle of paper ... ...very once in a while to maintain the formality of the speech and to convey imperative messages to his audience. Interchanging between the short sentences and the lengthy sentences grabs the audience’s full attention, permitting Kennedy to most persuade them that he qualifies for his position as U.S. President. Hence, through various rhetorical strategies, Kennedy achieves his purpose of gaining the spectators’ favor through stressing major current events that concerned the American people.
Also, the speech motivated millions and provided hope for the future in such a short amount of time. Obama truly appealed to congress and managed to also address the nation by relating common issues to situations anyone could relate to. I believe Obama’s State of Union address was flawless in the terms of his vocal variety, his content strength and the way he presented possible solutions to his audience. Obama starts off the address by bringing up his visit of the Andrews Air Force base where he welcomed some of the last troops who served in Iraq. This is important because it appeals to all the veterans and those affected by the war that they understood that the Iraq war was actually ending.
When John F. Kennedy won the 1961 election by just eighty six electoral votes, the world was fascinated. As he stood on the podium in Washington D.C., preparing to give his inauguration speech, everyone tuned in to what he had to say. As he began speaking, everyone was hearing his words and soon, people were calling it one of the best written inaugural speeches ever written. Kennedy was able to connect to our country by using an emotional appeal to pull his message, successfully, off. Whether you were a hawk, a dove, or somewhere in between, John F. Kennedy saw you and seemed to speak directly to you during his inaugural address.
He attempts to win his audience over by the use of an ethical appeal in order to refer to his personal history and lend himself credibility. Obama connects to his audience and expresses to them that he is the one that is going to make proper changes to this great nation. As Obama climbs the ladder towards presidential success, he plans on taking the whole country with him. It is towards the closing of his speech that Obama eluded to Martin Luther king’s “I have a dream” speech as King’s dream was deeply rooted in the American dream just as Obama’s speech of “The American Promise” was deeply rooted in King’s dream. For it is this promise itself that constitutes Obama’s core idea of America and the fundamental key to
These rhetorical techniques serve to accomplish the purpose of unity in JFK’s inaugural speech and set the inviting, but persuasive tone. Throughout the entirety of the essay, Mr. Kennedy uses appeals to ethos, logos, and pathos a lot. In the first paragraph of the speech, JFK first establishes ethos by saying he sore an oath that was written by the by the forebears of the country centuries ago. This proves his, and his pledge’s credibility by mentioning the founding of the inauguration. He later then adds a personal element to the appeals by mentioning the need for defending freedom from danger
For example, within this speech he uses signs of antithesis, a lot of metaphors, and some pathos to go along with the other devices/features that can be found within his speech. During the year of 1961, John F. Kennedy's inaugural speech was given to the public in order to inspire and provoke the American population to action. He uses extensive use of various rhetorical devices to fulfill the goal of his speech. JFK uses antithesis in order to capture the attention of his audience and also to help show what he will do as president. JFK states that his election "symbolizes an end as well as a beginning" and how it "signifies renewal as well as change".
"Yes We Can" Rhetorical Analysis Of Obama's Victory Presidential Speech In 2008. Ahmed Negmeldin Abdeltawwab University Of Science And Technology, Zewail City. "Our stories are singular, but our destiny is shared, and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand. "(EternalMedia, 2008) Those words are from Obama's aspiring, and emotional speech. Following the victory establishing trust and gathering all the factions of the citizens around the president was a necessity.
President Barack H. Obama has been always using rhetorical strategies in his political speeches. He used these strategies to present important points and views of his in front of public. Delivering points and views properly and logically got him to be the president in the first place. President Obama used mostly ethos and pathos, yet some logos to deliver his inaugural and the state of union speeches. Being that, he was able to reach the audience emotionally and make the speech flow efficiently while he preserved his credibility.