Propaganda & Mass Persuasion: For Bush’s Speechwriter Job Grows Beyond Words-Oral Presentation

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

For Bush’s Speechwriter Job Grows Beyond Words-Oral Presentation

The United States of America is viewed as the greatest and most powerful nation in the world. On September 11th the attacks in New York City left quite an impact on America and the entire world. Many of us were shocked and devastated. Now our nation was suddenly attacked and on the brink of war. At this time, the White House gave clearance for Michael J. Gerson to be President Bush’s chief speechwriter. He played a huge role in preparing our nation for war. As an Evangelical Episcopalian, the talent and gift of Gerson’s speeches is in his use of faith vocabulary and literature.
In his memorable speech at the National Cathedral on September 14, 2001 Bush said, “Our responsibility to history is already clear”. He had to “transform the nation’s defense and foreign policies for the first time since the aftermath of World War II”. Bush had to now prepare the nation for war. He wanted to send an effective positive message to everyone all around the world, watching on television that we would defend our country and win the war. President Bush had to show strength and resolve and he did.
In order to shape world opinion President Bush had to discuss the reasons why we should go to war with Iraq. He took the facts and evidence he had. Somehow though I think some facts got twisted around a bit. In the article “For Bush’s Speechwriter Job Grows Beyond Words” by Mike Allen these little twists to the evidence were talked about. Bush was trying to warn the people about the distribution of chemical and biological weapons. People were naturally afraid. Bush said that “the Iraqi leader was building a fleet of small planes for dispersing chemical and biological weapons. Later he used term UAV’s Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. He also said that Hussein could make a nuclear weapon with a softball sized batch of uranium. That wasn’t really true. It would have to be larger than that” (Allen, 2002). Bush was trying to scare and comfort the people of America all at the same time.


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