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Lindsey Smith – Student ID 930461816Lesson 2 AssignmentPart I – Analyzing the Rhetorical Situation in Ronald Reagan’s Challenger AddressAt 11:39 in the morning on January 28, 1986, NASA’s shuttle, the Challenger, lifted off.Approximately seventy-three seconds later, millions watched as the shuttle exploded into acloud of smoke and fire. Within instants, the spacecraft disassembled and plunged into theAtlantic Ocean, killing the entire crew and traumatizing the nation, causing NASA’s shuttleprogram to go into uncertainty. At the time, President Ronald Reagan was in office. Thatevening, he was scheduled to deliver the State of the union address, instead, he found himselfaddressing a nation shook by the deadly disaster that claimed the lives of seven crew members.His speech was nothing short of ceremonial. President Reagan’s purpose and focal point was toaddress the disaster, give condolences to the grieving families, and acknowledge the spaceprogram. From the beginning of his speech, President Reagan established ethos. As he stated “I’d

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