An Analysis of Post 9/11 Presidential Rhetoric - Lead-up to by Marc Weinrich

By Marc Weinrich

Bachelor Thesis from the yr 2009 within the topic American reviews - Linguistics, grade: 1,0, collage of Hildesheim (English Department), language: English, summary: at the morning of may perhaps 1st, 2003 President George W. Bush landed at the airplane service U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln off the coast of San Diego, California, asserting from its deck that “major wrestle operations in Iraq have ended” (George W. Bush, might 1st, 2003). at the admired banner in the back of him, it acknowledged: “Mission Accomplished”. The struggle had in basic terms all started one and a part months sooner than this occasion and at present (October, 2009) American troops are nonetheless deployed and fascinated about wrestle in Iraq. The venture of the Iraq warfare was once by no means complete on may possibly 1, 2003. What the Bush management had comprehensive, was once anything else, even if: they confident nearly all of the yankee humans of the need of this battle, which used to be mirrored in polls, at the moment. in line with the Gallup ballot, seventy five% of all americans licensed of sending American troops to Iraq in March, 2003 (Gallup, 2009).
Americans have been informed that the Iraqi chief, Saddam Hussein, possessed guns of mass destruction (WMDs) and, consequently, used to be a risk to the U.S.. besides the fact that, so far, no guns of mass destruction were present in Iraq, even supposing their alleged life was once one of many major purposes for going to warfare. The Bush management controlled to make nearly all of americans think this fake assumption. The aim of this paper is to discover how a U.S. president, who was once no longer thought of a superb speaker, however succeeded in convincing the yankee voters that going to struggle used to be the ‘right factor to do’.
In this paper, it is going to, first, be in brief defined what function presidential rhetoric performs, then the post-9/11 rhetoric of the Bush management and its situations can be tested. An test should be made to end up that the rhetoric of the Bush management used to be the main to the excessive point of aid from the U.S. inhabitants, for the invasion of Iraq. An research should be supplied of speeches given via George W. Bush the place will probably be explored how precisely language and rhetoric used to be used to form public opinion and for that reason pave for this invasion and, in this case, the warfare. This research is carried out, utilizing a corpus that used to be created containing all presidential speeches given among the terrorist assaults of September eleven, 2001 and the start of the Iraq conflict in March, 2003. A end could be drawn from this within the final part, explaining how the presidential rhetoric formed public opinion.

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