Rhetorical Analysis Of George W. Bush's 9/11 Speech

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On September 11th, 2001 the Twin Towers in New York City fell victim to a terrorist attack that left thousands dead, thousands more injured and millions in fear. Later that day George W. Bush, the President of the United States of America, created a speech to help calm the public about the events that occurred earlier that day. The speech was shown on national television the United States from the White House. The speech was effective because President Bush did help calm down the public with his speech.
In President Bush’s speech to the public on the night of September eleventh 2001 he showed that his point of view was from the perspective that he was trying the comfort the American public. In the first part of his speech he showed and supported this when he said, “These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed.
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He continues to support his point of view by saying “Immediately following the first attack, I implemented our government’s emergency response plans.” In the second part of the speech President Bush uses Pathos in the quote “I have directed the full resources of our intelligence and law enforcement communities to find those responsible and to bring them to justice. We will make no distinction between the terrorist who committed the act and those who harbored them.” The quote uses pathos because it makes the audience feel angry and makes them want to personally help find who attack the Twin Towers. The only fallacy that the President uses in this part of the speech is appeal to authority. President Bush uses appeal to authority when he says “Our military is powerful, and it’s prepared.” The Fallacies in the second part of the speech did help to persuade the audience because they showed the audience that the United States Government would defend what happened to them on that
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