The Priorities of Presidents Roosevelt and Bush after Major Calamity on the US

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As a country that stands for freedom, equality, justice, and the pursuit of happiness, the United States does not back down from a fight when attacked. In the cases of Pearl Harbor and 9/11, these foreign countries attacked the United Stated with no apparent reason other than to spur retaliation. Such uncalled for actions threaten the security of American citizens, provoking the U.S. Government to take action. The president at the time of each calamity had different priorities and objectives when it came to what needed to be done. President Franklin D. Roosevelt wanted to persuade the US to go to war after the attack on Pearl Harbor while President George W. Bush wanted to comfort the Americans after the 9/11 tragedy. Both presidents got their points across when delivering their speeches through the use of diction, anaphoras, and rhetorical appeals. While Franklin D. Roosevelt established a formal and assertive tone to motivate the Americans, George W. Bush went for an informal and sentimental tone to reassure the Americans.
Because the opening and ending of a speech are the first as well as the last words that reach the audience, the word choice plays a huge role in leaving a targeted impression on the audience. Right off the bat, Roosevelt addresses members of Congress as "Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives" (Roosevelt 1). By attaching common titles to people of high political positions, Roosevelt establishes his authority over the people who have a say in whether or not the US will go to war. He reiterates his role as the leader of the United States, in order to create a greater impact in motivating the country to war. While Roosevelt hones on his power through formality, B...

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...n their backs, but while Roosevelt devotes his efforts into defending the nation through logos, Bush is alleviating the emotional distress of America's problems through the use of pathos.
Faced with disturbances from outside forces, President Roosevelt and President Bush take different routes of action as seen through the diction, anaphoras, and rhetorical appeals in their speeches reacting to the attacks. None of the presidents are wrong in believing what is more important at the times of such traumatic experiences. Although the different ways of thinking may be the results of the change in times, it is possible that both have different priorities and strategies to reach an end goal. Roosevelt’s ambition may have been to reestablish the U.S. with an "inevitable triumph" (Roosevelt 37) while Bush desires for the U.S. "all that is good just in our world" (Bush 38).