The president at the time was Ronald Reagan. Reagan gave a brief speech the same day as the crash. His primary goal of the speech was to mourn the loss of the crew members, show his sorrow and to reassure the citizens of America that everything was under control. President Reagan addressed the nation as a whole in this speech. More specifically he addressed
Seventy three seconds into its flight, the space shuttle Challenger exploded, killing all seven passengers on board, including Christa McAuliffe, who was to be the first civilian in space. This was to be the Challenger’s tenth mission and, sadly, it turned out to be its final one as well. Following an investigation called for by President Reagan, it was determined that the crash was ultimately caused by two rubber O-Rings, designed to separate the rocket boosters, that failed due to cold temperatures on the morning of the launch (“Challenger Disaster”). In his address to the nation on January 28, 1968, President Reagan uses allusion, pathos, and tone to comfort the audience after the catastrophic events. In his speech, Reagan manipulates his
On January 28, 1986, President Ronald Reagan addresses a speech to American citizens about the Challenger Shuttle Disaster. He uses rhetorical devices to covey his grief and support the victims’ families, along with curing the pain that fall upon the Americans. President Ronald Reagan takes his words to show his grief and to show how he and the American citizens have been affected by the calamity. President Ronald Reagan uses pathos to express his opinion about the disaster. He brought his wife to show his strong emotional side about this event.
Reagan even goes to compare the Challenger Seven to the explorer Sir Francis Drake. Reagan states that on the day three hundred ninety years ago, Sir Francis Drake died aboard a ship doing what he was best at. Reagan also even goes to say how a historian once said, “He lived by the sea, died on it, and was buried in it” and that the Challenger Seven were just like Sir Francis Drake and how their dedication to what they were best at was complete now. All of this is an attempt by Reagan to once again rationalize the deaths of the seven so that they are not mourned as much as they are honored for their sacrifice. He also is saying all of this so that it is seen that the Challenger Seven died doing that they were best at, not with something they were not willing to do even with the risk of death present.
He appeal to the emotions of the listeners by expressing that “today is a day for mourning and remembering” (Reagan, 1986), that he and his wife are “pained to the core” (Reagan, 1986), and that we all know that this accident is “truly a national loss” (Reagan, 1986). He brings us together in this sorrowful time in order to remember those who died because “We mourn seven heroes” (Reagan, 1986) and “We mourn their loss as a nation together” (Reagan, 1986). The President’s loss of emotions creates an assuring tone that
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” -Harriet Tubman. Both Cesar Chavez and Harriet Tubman fought to stand up for what they thought was right. Cesar Chavez organized a farm workers union and helped secure laws that made working conditions better. “It’s amazing how people can get so excited about a rocket to the moon and not give a damn about smog, oil leaks, the devastation of the environment with pesticides, hunger, disease.
Neil Armstrong’s famous line,”That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind” caused more than just excitement, the famous line created disbelief of the occurrence. After Armstrong planted the American Flag into the surface, the President was quick to receive the astronauts call and speak about what was happening. The planting of the flag was a symbolic moment for not only the United States, but for all of mankind because of the significance of the mission. Doors to space exploration were opened for the future the second their feet touched the lunar surface. Stanley Cubrick, a famous film making personnel from the 60's, was brought into the attention of many.
So much in fact that we are now speaking to the children about the future, telling them that in order to have a future they must be brave, the American way. President Reagan appeals to several different emotions throughout the speech, he starts to wrap up the speech by telling a story, he tells a historical story of Sir Frances Drake and compares the astronauts that we have lost to him and his last exploration where he was killed doing the thing he loved. The speech is brought to a close with the biggest emotional appeal that Reagan uses all night, he uses a lingering tone when he recalls to the audience that the last time that we, or anyone ever saw these brave heroes was this morning, when they waved goodbye and “slipped the surly bonds of Earth to touch the face of God.” This was the last thing that he said and really left the country with a sense of sadness and loss, but even though we were sad and grieving, we had the
Commencing his speech, President Reagan delivered his reflections of the Challenger disaster to a stunned and saddened nation. Although the speech was primarily informative, he used a persuasive format in his reference to NASA. Imparting to the American people there were no plans to discontinue further space exploration, yet, delivering a discreet warning to NASA about the investigation that must occur following this horrid tragedy, “We don’t keep secrets and cover up,” impressing on NASA to “do it all up front and in public.” Incorporating a warning in a speech of this nature could have come across as heartless, however; Reagan’s delivery was flawless; direct, brief, and clear, this subtle portent reassured the families left behind there
The film shows us a future where there is scares food supply, a collapsed economy and dust storms are the new norm. Earth is slowly going extinct and it’s up to Joseph Cooper (Mathew McConaughey) and the rest of the Endurance crew to save mankind by travelling through a wormhole to a completely different galaxy to find habitable planets so the human race may continue. Cooper is faced with the choice of staying with his kids, Murphy and Tom which will eventually