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

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By Marc Weinrich

Bachelor Thesis from the yr 2009 within the topic American experiences - Linguistics, grade: 1,0, collage of Hildesheim (English Department), language: English, summary: at the morning of might 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 strive against operations in Iraq have ended” (George W. Bush, could 1st, 2003). at the well known banner at the back of him, it stated: “Mission Accomplished”. The battle had basically began one and a part months ahead of this occasion and presently (October, 2009) American troops are nonetheless deployed and enthusiastic about wrestle in Iraq. The challenge of the Iraq conflict was once by no means complete on may perhaps 1, 2003. What the Bush management had complete, was once anything else, although: they confident the vast majority of the yankee humans of the need of this conflict, which was once mirrored in polls, at the moment. based on the Gallup ballot, seventy five% of all american citizens authorized 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, was once a danger to the USA. even if, to this point, 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 nearly all of americans 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 voters that going to conflict 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 conditions could be tested. An try may be made to end up that the rhetoric of the Bush management used to be the major to the excessive point of aid 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, for that reason, the warfare. This research is carried out, utilizing a corpus that was once 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 may be drawn from this within the final part, explaining how the presidential rhetoric formed public opinion.

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