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 possibly 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, may perhaps 1st, 2003). at the widespread banner at the back of him, it acknowledged: “Mission Accomplished”. The conflict had in simple terms started one and a part months sooner than this occasion and at present (October, 2009) American troops are nonetheless deployed and considering wrestle in Iraq. The undertaking of the Iraq conflict used to be in no way finished on may well 1, 2003. What the Bush management had complete, used to be anything else, besides the fact that: they confident the vast majority of the yankee humans of the need of this struggle, which was once mirrored in polls, at the moment. in response to the Gallup ballot, seventy five% of all americans authorized of sending American troops to Iraq in March, 2003 (Gallup, 2009).
Americans have been advised that the Iraqi chief, Saddam Hussein, possessed guns of mass destruction (WMDs) and, consequently, used to be a risk to the us. besides the fact that, thus far, no guns of mass destruction were present in Iraq, even though their alleged life was once one of many major purposes for going to battle. The Bush management controlled to make the majority of american citizens think this fake assumption. The target of this paper is to discover how a U.S. president, who used to be no longer thought of a superb speaker, however succeeded in convincing the yankee electorate that going to battle used to be the ‘right factor to do’.
In this paper, it is going to, first, be in short defined what function presidential rhetoric performs, then the post-9/11 rhetoric of the Bush management and its conditions can be tested. An test should be made to turn out that the rhetoric of the Bush management used to be the foremost to the excessive point of help from the U.S. inhabitants, for the invasion of Iraq. An research might be supplied of speeches given by means of George W. Bush the place it is going to be explored how precisely language and rhetoric was once used to form public opinion and for this reason pave for this invasion and, to that end, 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 battle in March, 2003. A end may be drawn from this within the final part, explaining how the presidential rhetoric formed public opinion.

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