situation. He focused on what the American duty is and how we need to do what its right. At the end of the speech, Obama states “our ideals and principles, as well as our national security, are at stake in Syria, along with our leadership of a world where we seek to ensure that the worst weapons will never be used.” By doing this, he wants people to question their principles and believe that what he is doing is the right way of approaching this crisis. Obama has great oratory skills and makes sure that his speeches are easy enough for the general public to understand. He makes sure to state the opposing stance and question himself and whether or not what he wants to do is right. The President added effect by appealing to pathos when pleading for his supporters “to reconcile your belief in freedom and dignity for all people with those images of children writhing in pain and going still on a cold hospital floor, for sometimes resolutions and statements of condemnation are simply not enough.” He is encouraging people to unite and act upon their emotions by defending the liberal stance on Syria. Ethos, logos, and especially pathos all come into play in Obama’s speech about Syria. He used past events to provide evidence of what the Assad regime was doing. Obama then questioned the values of American citizens and asked them to fight for what was right, because so many people are being oppressed and need help. By using descriptive statements about the agony of what people there were going through, the President evoked sympathy for those in Syria and anger at Assad so they would support his movement to strike Syria. The exigence of President Obama’s speech was to gain public support for an attack on Syria, and it has not really been met because many
American citizens have cried out against being involved in another diplomatic dispute. He attempted to get Americans to question their values and feel sympathy for the Syrians so the United States could intervene, but the result was the opposite because more people were fighting for America to remain uninvolved.
- Fall '08
- Rhetoric, President Obama, President of the United States