The report on the state of the Union.
The 43rd President of the United States of America, George W. Bush, in his speech “9/11”, describes the tragedy of the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center. Bush’s purpose is to instill faith and safety in American’s after they witnessed the worst terrorist attack in American history. Bush created a calm tone in order to inform American citizens that they are safe, the government has everything under control, and they will find who was responsible for this terrorist attack. The. emotional state that the population is it and the use of rhetorical persuasion mobilized the American people into collective and persuaded action. In President Bush’s speech addressed to the American People, Bush used several persuasive devices that are commonly used in political speeches for political persuasion. The most used persuasive technique in his speech is what is commonly called the Bandwagon Device. Bush applied this device skillfully by using such words as, we, us, our, and them. An example, the Bandwagon Device was used with such persuasion as, “Our grief has turned to anger, and anger to resolution. Whether we bring our enemies to justice or justice to our enemies, justice will be done.” The effect of the statement is to demonstrate how solid we are while the former statements are used to unite the people of America to take action. In addition to that, President said in the introduction of his speech, “In the normal course of events, Presidents come to this chamber to report on the state of the Union. Tonight, no such report is needed. It has already been delivered by the American people.” Bush is saying that his position as the President is the same as the people’s and vice versa. This help for the people that would object and go against Bush trying to take matter into their own. The President’s purpose was clear and to announce to the American people an impending war is coming. More supportive evidence is when Bush said”Americans have known the causalities of war-but not at the center of a great city on a peaceful morning. Americans have known surprise attacks-but never before on thousands of Civilians. All of this was brought upon us in a single day- and night fell on a different world, a world where freedom itself is under attack.”Basically saying there will be a war coming and someone will pay. Secondly, One rhetorical device Bush uses in his “9/11” speech is metonymy, the substitution of some attributive or suggestive word for what is actually meant. Bush uses metonymy to add imagery and help the Americans citizens relate to the topic of American perseverance, he says “These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve,” (par. 3). In this quote, the “steel” is not used to describe actual steel but more of America’s strength as one and a country. Finally, while Americas were devastated by the attack, there was anger under all the grief. Bush saw the situation that his nation was in and began to take actions against those who caused these events. A war followed 9 days after this initial speech was given. Bush was able to set up his declaration in this first speech, by uniting his people.Bush said “. . . we stand together to win the war against terrorism.” This show no matter who we are as American citizens we want someone to pay for our grief and we will do what is necessary to make sure our people are safe. On September 11, 2001 America had some unbelievable tragedy and grief, and the use of various rhetorical devices, Bush was able to temporarily calm down the people of America. Keeping in mind American had a terrorist attack, to keep the people calm the speech seemed like a mandatory thing to do. However, the use of rhetoric goes way past basic presidential speech, it connect with real world people. Lastly, we will never forget this day and we will always know how strong we are as a nation and how Bush’s speech made us feel more secure.