The Communication Strategies of Bush and Obama: An In-depth Analysis of the Rhetoric of Presidents Bush and Obama on the Annual State of the Union Address
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Rhetoric and politics have been interrelated through time. Major political leaders have tried to influence their followers through well-organized and well-written political speeches since the Roman Empire and Byzantium. As one of the original writers of rhetoric, Aristotle referred to it as the art of finding the best aspect of an argument that tends to convince the audience. In my thesis, I analyze and compare the rhetoric of President George W. Bush with that of President Barack Obama. Specifically, I compare and contrast their respective State of the Union Addresses. The questions that I want to answer lay upon the methods both Presidents use during their respective speeches. My thesis also discusses their respective prioritized topics. I give a short presentation of the importance of rhetoric, ranging from the Roman Empire to today‟s American politics. I also comment on the meaning of rhetoric in the modern age. In order to perform my analysis, I use the five stage method of rhetorical analysis: Context, Disposition, Means to convince, Argumentation Analysis and Style. The different argument styles of President Bush and President Obama are discussed.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 38 p.
George W Bush, Barack Obama, state of the union, politics, rhetorics
Media and Communications
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-40353OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-40353DiVA: diva2:323516