Rhetorical Analysis Of George W. Bush 's ' Spirit Of Liberty

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Rhetorical Analysis of George W. Bush’s “Spirit of Liberty: At Home, in the World” Former president George W. Bush’s speech from Jazz at the Lincoln Center New York, New York, is about the new and evident threats today’s democracies are facing, especially here in the United States of America. In his “Spirit of Liberty: At Home, in the World” speech, President Bush begins building his argument by stating all the present-day dangers and threats arising against democracy in this world. He cites convincing ethical credibility, alluding to the times when he himself was president, as well as the efforts of all the past presidents of the United States. He includes some slight emotional tactics, attempting to win over his audience’s values and…show more content…
His argument closes on a strong note because he provides his audience with what he believes the solution to this issue may be. One of these solutions is to harden America’s defenses, especially through cyber threats. Throughout his speech, President George W. Bush uses many powerful sources to strengthen his credibility and enhance his appeal to ethos to build his argument. One such source was his reference to the past presidents. He says, “For more than 70 years, the presidents of both parties believed that American security and prosperity were directly tied to the success of freedom in the world. And they knew that the success depended, in large part, on U.S. leadership. This mission came naturally, because it expressed the DNA of American idealism.” (Bush). He is drawing on the credibility of former presidents, himself included, to argue that they all share the belief that American security is precisely linked to freedom in the world. He expresses to the audience that this is the DNA, or the backbone of American idealism. This is a powerful point for him, as he successfully alerts the audience of the foundation of the United States. President Bush’s speech was also essentially entirely based on his appeal to ethos. He is a former president of the most powerful country in the world, the audience seemed to automatically trust him and treat him with reverence. President Bush was
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