Richard Nixon Checkers Speech Analysis

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Guilty or Innocent:Richard Nixon’s Checkers Richard Nixon successfully used Pathos throughout his “Checkers Speech” to appeal to the emotions of the American people. Nixon, more commonly known for being one of the most hated presidents that the United States has endured, is exceptionally brilliant. He used technology to help him plead his innocence, as he televised his big “Checkers Speech” for the entire United States to hear. While being accused of accepting millions of dollars and putting them into a “slush fund”, Nixon stood firm and exclaimed to the public, “ I want to make this particularly clear -- that no contributor to this fund, no contributor to any of my campaigns, has ever received any consideration that he would not have received as an ordinary constituent” (par. 6)that he had no part in anything fraudulent. However he does admit to taking one “gift” his Cocker Spaniel named Checkers. Other than Checkers, which he receives nor gives any favoritism for accepting, he is an “honest, hardworking” man. He stated that he did not care for the opinion of the public “I just want to say this, right now, that regardless of what they say about it, we're gonna keep it” (par. 26) because his children fell in love with it, and he couldn’t bring himself to take it away from them. Throughout Nixon’s speech, he presents the illusion that he is in fact “broke”, thus appealing to poverty. He gives multiple examples of his financial situations by stating, “ I owe 4500 dollars to the Riggs Bank in Washington, D.C., with interest 4 and 1/2 percent. I owe 3500 dollars to my parents, and the interest on that loan, which I pay regularly, because it's the part of the savings they made through the years they were working so hard -- I pay regularly 4 percent interest. And then I have a 500 dollar loan, which I have on my life insurance.” (par. 23) which also establishes credibility with his audience. He also says, “ But Pat and I have the satisfaction that every dime that we've got is honestly ours. I should say this, that Pat doesn't have a mink coat. But she does have a respectable Republican cloth coat, and I always tell her she'd look good in anything” (par. 25) showing that money is not the reason he is running

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