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Analysis Of Bush 9/11 Speech

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On September 14, Bush took a short helicopter tour of the devastated New York area and then walked between the piles of rubble. Bush then took hold of a bullhorn, climbed to the top of a small pile of rubble, and put his arm around a fire fighter and he gave one of the best speeches of his life. He spoke only thirteen sentences and did so in only three minutes. Bush did not just use logos, pathos, or ethos alone. He used them in unison. He used them to create a wholesome speech that was successful.
Former president George W. Bush has become notorious for being a poor orator. Many critics of Bush have bashed him for his verbal mistakes and for his choice of wording. He was even criticized ...view middle of the document...

In all, his character and personhood came across as that of a conscientious, concerned person. His character shinned when he eloquently stated, "And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear all of us soon." Bush was persuading the workers and the nation that our country is in safe hands and that we will find whoever did these terrible acts. Before Bush even spoke a word, emotions were at large. The crowd was chanting, "USA! USA!" A feel of patriotism and pride mixed with an odd sense of defeat and disgust surrounded the area and nation. When a man shouted that he could not hear Bush speak, and Bush replied, "I can't talk any louder," the crowd laughed, putting them in a state of emotional happiness. When Bush thanked the workers for their treacherous labor, a sense of pride and heroism was felt. Bush's numerous statements, such as, "The nation sends its love and compassion to everybody who is here", bring out emotions of pity and sympathy, placing America as the "helpless and harmed." In addition, the war torn environment in which the speech took place added to the emotional situation. Pathos was probably...

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