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Rhetorical Analysis

858 words - 4 pages

EH 101-2BE
24 September 2015
A Battle Won in the War on Terror
President Obama gave a speech confirming the death of Osama bin Laden. His ten minute speech was something that the American people needed to hear. After ten long years, some justice had finally been served, and president Obama was able to inform America of this great success. The president is attempting to inform the country of the events leading up to Bin Laden’s death. All of the conflict with Osama bin Laden began on a date most people will never forget. On September 11, 2001 al-Qaeda, bin Laden’s terrorist group, launched an attack on American soil. Two planes were flown into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon, ...view middle of the document...

”(Obama). His statement uses the powerful imagery of empty chairs at the dinner table to invoke the emotions that many felt on 9/11. Thousands have lost loved ones on 9/11 and by using imagery the president brings back the emotions of that day to the surface. This is a direct appeal to all people. Most everyone has family that they care greatly about, and this reminder that many families were damaged because of bin Laden’s actions could eventually lead to an even stronger dislike of him and a greater approval of President Obama, because he was able to end bin Laden’s life. The American people already had a strong dislike for bin Laden, but by using this loaded language Obama was just reminding the people of their dislike for bin Laden and thus trying to draw an emotional reaction to his death.
President Obama first speaks of how the “bright day” of September 11th, was “worsened” and became the “darkest day”. Each of the words demonstrates the dramatic emotional change throughout the day, and also exemplifies the emotions of the American people on that day. Rather than just saying a nice day that turned bad, he uses more descriptive language that has the ability to evoke emotions in those that are listening to his speech. All of these simple adjectives throughout his speech add much emotion to it.
President Obama is first given credibility as a speaker when he is seen in a hallway of the White House, dressed nicely with a...

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