President Roosevelt’s Pearl Harbor Address “A date that will live in infamy”. This sentence is forever ingrained in the American history. The bombing of Pearl Harbor the 7th December is an event that will never be forgotten and the speech by Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR) held the day afterward is just as significant. The speech after the attack is one of the most recognizable and significant speeches in newer history. The speech brought America into World War II, even though they were heavily weakened by The Great Depression and a loss of troops during World War I.
The U.S. and its allies will interpret this as a peaceful statement. Kennedy appeals to unity by saying Let both sides unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command of Isaiah. Through this use of pathos, Americans will believe that harmonious relations and collaboration are possible and should be present in the future. They will hear these words as an attempt to instigate this peaceful relationship, making them feel like the ‘bigger man’ by doing so first. Also, they will share empathy with people living under Communist regime, since they are oppressed.
Obama strikes the audience’s attention as well as emotion by grasping this concept through his use of pathos. With his understanding of knowledge on the history of America, Obama knows the hardships and struggles that Americans faced to achieve the American Dream. America is the place people live out their dreams and have the freedom to do what they want. A place people have life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and Obama recognizes this. “…to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.” Obama recognizes these liberties and achievements that Americans hold so dearly—so close to their
Purv Chauhan Jack Geist English 108 February 16, 2018 Barack Obama victory speech Rhetorical Analysis “If there is anyone out there who still doubts that America is a place where all things are possible - tonight is your answer.” (Obama, 2008). Barack Obama was elected president on Nov 5, 2008. He argues in his speech that whatever was going on in the country, it is going to change, it was a dawn of a new beginning. He begins by building his credibility by showing that others who doubted the people of his country, tonight was their answer, and telling an anecdote about a old lady who had seen the country progress. Ultimately at the end, he ends his speech strongly by making the audience say “Yes, we can”, and getting applauded by the audience.
President Roosevelt starts his speech out by comparing the present, then the year 1906, to former president George Washington 's time as leader. He compares and contrast the problems of the time. He then begins his discussion of “Pilgrim 's Progress”. It is about right after this that President Roosevelt produces an ethical appeal to his audience when he speaks, “There should be relentless exposure of and attack upon every evil man, whether politician or businessman, every evil practice, whether in politics, business, or social life.” With this statement, he is portraying to the crowd that he is not
On March 5th 1946, not even one year after the overwhelming victory of the Alliance over the Nazis in World War II, Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom at the time (1940 – 1945), was invited to deliver a speech at Westminster College, in Fulton, Missouri. It is commonly known as “The iron curtain speech”, but Churchill refers to it as “The Sinews of Peace” at the end of the same. This speech reflected his own personal opinion, and was aimed at the people of the United States of America, his countrymen across the Atlantic ocean and other nations. The nature of it is political, taking into consideration the historical context within it occurred: tensions between the Western Bloc (composed of the United States of America, NATO allies and others) and the Eastern Bloc (the Soviet Union and its allies in the Warsaw Pact), just after World War II had ended. These tensions were perpetuated for decades and were the cause of the conflict known as the Cold War.
An Olive Branch in Troubled Times On January 20, 1961, President John F. Kennedy delivered his famous inaugural address in the middle of the cold war. The conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union had caused much division in the United States election, resulting in his narrow victory. Kennedy, at the time he took the presidential office, was the first Roman Catholic and the youngest president to ever hold the position. These two factors caused even more speculation on whether Kennedy was a fit president especially at such a conflicted time. With this tension in mind, Kennedy sought to unite the divided country and reinvigorate patriotism in the new generation of Americans.
On November 4th, 2008, former President Barack Obama made his victory speech to approximately 200,000 people at Grant Park and to those watching it through broadcast. In the year 2008, was a critical time period for the United States since the long lasting eight year presidency of George W Bush was ending and a new president was approaching the White House with new proposals. During the time George W Bush was in office, the United States was facing many problems, as with wars going on, financial crisis happening, and global warming being another factor. The country needed to be restored from all the monstrocity going on and become that strong country that once was. Barack Obama’s campaign and the succeeding election was the answer to all necessities in the country.
For example, he rallied America against Nazi Germany and Japan right after the Great Depression. He also established the U.S. Social Security System. Another point is that he was the longest serving president in U.S. history. You have to be a really good leader in order to be elected as president four times and serve 12 years (he died soon after he was elected for his fourth term). He reshaped the American presidency to look and act more like the caretaker of the people.
He also encouraged the need of an American- British association as well as a new European unity, even anticipating the creation of NATO, which actually happened three years afterwards. Churchill spoke of future world conflicts, worried about nuclear wars in which the only winner would be death. Winston Churchill was convinced that the West should track "a good understanding with the Russians” by creating a common policy in order to promote democracy. He was essentially requesting for peace, not conflict: "our supreme task and duty is to guard the homes of the common people from the horrors and miseries of another