Gwb Speech

Joseph Dizon
Mr. Kolakoski
English 102
February 18, 2010
Rhetoric of President George W. Bush’s Speech
Political language is used as a powerful tool in winning the support as well as the consent of both the public and the nation lawmakers, moments of crisis over which the nation may clearly divide. The goal of argumentative writing is to persuade the audience that the ideas are valid. Whether in office or in the opposition, political leaders who deliver public speeches within a national context often tend to manipulate language to best-suit the rhetorical appeal they choose to pass a message through in an effort to gain political advantage, maintain power, and shirk responsibility. The Greek philosopher, Aristotle, divided the means of persuasion, appeals, into three categories: ethos, pathos, logos. Ethos or ethical appeal means to project an impression to the reader that you are someone worth listening to, as well as someone who is likable and worthy of respect. Pathos or emotional appeal means persuading by appealing to the reader's emotions. Logos or logical appeal means persuading by the use of reasoning. The person needs to shape the convictions of a particular audience and sustain a positive image of the public speaker. President George W. Bush is a great example of who uses the rhetoric appeals in his speeches. In President George W. Bush’s speech, “President’s Address to the Nation,” he uses a patriotic and historical appeal to persuade the soldier’s families to support the new plans of sending more troops into Iraq to help the Iraqi people’s dream of freedom.
On January 10, 2007, President Bush addressed the nation about the situation in Iraq. During President Bush’s speech, he had symbolic items in the White House’s library where he held his speech. The White House is the capital of the United States; the building of power, authority, and importance. The white shirt, blue tie, and red books all represent the colors of the American flag. There was...