Vladimir Putin, The President Of The Russian Federation

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The U.S. has always had an awkward relationship with the Eurasian country of Russia in the past, so when the leader of that nation personally addressed the American people, many (Americans) were indeed caught off guard. The land of the free never hesitates when it comes to lending other nations a helping hand, but when it comes to the Syrian government, the citizens don’t exactly appreciate their efforts. Vladimir Putin, the elected President of the Russian Federation, published an article through the New York Times stating his opinions regarding the United States’ involvement with the Syrian civil war. Putin uses ethos effectively with his reputation, but struggles to use his authority to develop a sense of similarity and trustworthiness with the audience. Beginning with how trustworthy this man is in the eyes of his targeted audience, Vladimir Putin showed honesty when he stated “I would rather disagree with a case made on exceptionalism…” (pg. 4). He wasn’t afraid to voice out his own opinions even though it was controversial. Many Americans who have read that statement may or may not agree with how the country sees itself and that can affect the audience’s (Americans) trust on the author. Why would anyone trust someone who doesn’t agree with them? Although Putin may be the president of Russia, given the not-so-friendly history of the two countries, some Americans will find it somewhat difficult to put their faith on someone who doesn’t show any sort of benevolence to the targeted audience. With regards to Vladimir Putin’s similarity with the audience, one can say that he is unsuccessful due to the differences in backgrounds. His targeted audience is mostly aimed towards Americans, even though he isn’t an American himself. He ... ... middle of paper ... ...he globe. One could say that Putin indeed has the expertise he needs to provide an argument for the action America should take regarding the civil war on Syria. Putin is very knowledgeable with the current events that are happening in Syria and he stated that “We must stop using the language of force and return to the patch of civilized diplomatic and political settlement” (pg. 3). Putin uses his reputation for being knowledgeable on the matters going on in Syria to back up his opinion. Vladimir Putin attempts to show that America is getting far too ahead of itself in regards to being the self-proclaimed “saviors of the world by saying that what affects America can affect other countries as well. In conclusion, Putin uses ethos effectively with his reputation, but struggles to use his authority to develop a sense of similarity and trustworthiness with the audience.
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