Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: President Bush's, Address to the Nation

Saturday, April 01, 2006

President Bush's, Address to the Nation

When we watched President Bush's address to the nation in class I found it to be both slightly dull and timed wrong. It lacked excitement that it should have contained. Not a lot, but he should have put a little tab of exciting rheotoric in to it. Bush senior seemed to lack the ability to grab the listener and charisma that some other late ex-presidents had like Reagan, Clinton and the current President Bush. Clinton had a great ability to grab the listener in. Clinton was very charismatic. Like Reagan who has an actor just had it in him. The current President Bush in comparison to his father is more down to earth and though not as charimatic as President Clinton or the late President Reagan has a slight ability to grab the listener. The current President Bush can relate as a regular guy to the listener and grab the listener that way. He is not as aloof as the first President Bush.
As far as the speech being a little off beat in respect to time, the President could have made the speech when the military was preparing to make its first assault on the Iraqi's. Instead of making the speech when the war was well under way. I feel that the American people would have appreciated it more if he would have done it while they were preparing to attack as oppossed to when the war was well under way.


Blogger A. Mattson said...

It is true that the elder Bush was not a very stimulating speaker. However his job was to be reassuring and not stimulating in this particular speech. Earlier speeches were made by Bush that addressed the invasion of Kuwait. Both types of speeches were necessary. He paid for his aloofness when he lost to Clinton in the next election.

4/05/2006 11:45 PM  

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