Rhetorical Analysis of Andrew Shepherd's Speech in Movie, The American President

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A president has to have character, right? I mean, if the leader of the free world has no substance, nothing special about him, then how do we as citizens know that he is capable as far as foreign policies go. How do we know that we can trust him to make wise decisions? How do we know that he will tell us the truth? This concept is exactly what fictional president Andrew Shepherd successfully conveys in his “Address to the Press on Bob Rumson and the Crime Bill.” In the movie, The American President, Andrew Shepherd becomes romantically involved with crime bill lobbyist Sydney Ellen Wade. Many characters, including Bob Rumson, believe that the relationship between Shepherd and Wade is hindering the advancement of the country. They …show more content…
The Constitution is the very first concrete document that lasted in this country. It was made by the very first citizens and it was made with pride. Before the constitution came to life the United States was looked upon, by many nations, similarly to a child attempting to grow up too fast. Great Britain, the country that the constitution freed us from, did not think the United States was going to make it alone. Great Britain was right. The United States could not make it alone. The United States needed something to help it along. They needed the constitution. Because of this strong link between the constitution and the survival of the United States, many patriots, including Shepherd, have an emotional attachment to the constitution. Because of that link many patriots perceive attacks on the constitution as personal attacks. In this excerpt from the speech, Shepherd is found attacking Rumson by using one of the most powerful emotional strategies, appealing to ones sense of patriotism. He questions Rumson’s national pride by saying that Rumson doesn’t support the Constitution. What true patriot wouldn’t love and support the reason that this country exists? In that same swift action, Shepherd affirms his own image as a patriot. “I am a card carrying member of
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