Rhetorical Analysis Of President Obama 's Speech

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Have you ever listened to a speech after a tragedy that was so good, that it affected you and even though something traumatic happened it helped you feel better? That indeed is a style of speaking called rhetoric. Rhetoric is the study of effective speaking and writing, and the art of persuasion. Many people are not able to speak and convey that art of rhetoric that helps with grief or sentiment. Today, I will show you an example of two different speeches delivered after tragedies, by two of our nation’s presidents. The first, President Obama’s address to the nation after Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting and the other Ronald Reagan’s address after The Space shuttle “Challenger” tragedy. President Obama’s address to the nation after Sandy Hook Mass Shooting was indeed persuasive and needed for the victims and families that were traumatized with this incident. President Obama begins his address by saying “I offered Governor Malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation, and made it clear he will have every single resource that he needs to investigate this heinous crime, care for the victims, counsel their families.” When he says this what he is saying is that he has the backs of the victims and he feels empathy for the victims because he knows what they are feeling and will give them anything they need. The word counsel plays a key part knowing that this will take a lot of time to help heal the victims and families so he is willing to offer time, therapy and resources. Former President’s rhetoric is also seen and expressed when he uses Pathos by saying “I react not as a President, but as anybody else would—as a parent. And that was especially true today.” He uses his experience of being a parent to grief with the families and also... ... middle of paper ... ...f life and growth. He does not give doubt and resent towards the goal of exploring space but hope that they will continue on. Throughout the whole address, Reagan seems very sincere and dependable which makes his rhetoric more effective and persuasive. Next, President Reagan gives his respect to the NASA and also adds “We don’t hide our space program. We don’t keep secrets and cover things up. We do it all up front and in public.” What he is trying to show to the people is the sense of freedom in America in regards to other countries. This alone is a way of differentiating great countries, when he says that victims had a special grace and spirt that says “Give me a challenge, and I’ll meet it with joy” is a way of comforting the families and the nation. Reagan’s way of handling and talking to the nations after this tragedy was nevertheless effective and well spoken.

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