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Julia Deehan Dr. Ramsey CAS 100C 26 May 2019 Lesson 2 Assignment Part I: Rhetorical Analysis of Ronald Reagan’s Challenger Address On January 28 th , 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger’s tenth mission commenced, except this time lasting only 73 seconds before a horrific explosion occurred. This explosion took the lives of multiple crew members and effected the lives of many who viewed the explosion on live television. Along with the crew members was a school teacher, Christa McAuliffe, who was selected to be the first private citizen in space. A large portion of viewers were schoolchildren who were awaiting to see the “Teacher in Space” mission on live television, only to witness something that no one expected. McAuliffe was planning to record lessons from space for students watch, which is why they were encouraged to watch the launch only to see something so horrifying (Schrader, 2009). Soon after this disastrous event, President Ronald Reagan addressed the nation in what is now an infamous speech (Howell, 2007). President Raegan had to prepare for the difficulty that would stem from this disaster, which was the scarring memory that would be placed in many Americans’ heads (Mister, 1986). The overall occasion of Reagan’s speech was the disaster surrounding the Space Shuttle Challenger’s tenth and final mission. Lloyd Bitzer defines the rhetorical situation as a response to a problem that is limited in the ways it can respond. This posed as a constraint for Raegan because while he had to protect NASA, he also had to understand that the people of the nation needed support in overpowering their grief from this horrifying event. R.W. Apple Jr stated there was a, “ need to channel emotion, to share it but shape it and, if possible, to transform it
eventually from a negative into a positive force,” (Apple, 1986). The exigence for Raegan’s

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