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Oklahoma City Bombing Address

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Taylor Zarate

on 7 October 2014

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Transcript of Oklahoma City Bombing Address

In April 1995, Bill Clinton remembers the lives of the people killed in the tragic Oklahoma City Bombing. Clinton steps down as an authority figure and becomes a average person, mourning the loss of the victims using elements of pathos for emotional affect. Clinton's goal is to bring hope into the horizon so the country can heal from the traumatic event. He addresses the United States to remember the lives of the victims and their families.
Former president, Bill Clinton
On April 19, 1995, downtown Oklahoma city became a victim to a domestic terrorist attack from Timothy McVeigh. McVeigh planted explosives in a rental truck parked in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Building. At 9:02, the bombs detonated, killing 168 people and injuring 680 people. The victims ranged from 3 months to 73 years of age. The blast destroyed 324 buildings within a 16 block radius. The tragedy caused an estimated $658 million in damage.
The purpose of this speech was for Clinton to mourn the loss of 168 people along with the rest of the country. Clinton worked to step down from taking on the role of presidency, and tried to be a grieving part of families across America.
The subject matter of the speech is the bombing on Oklahoma City. The general content of the speech is to give a memorial to all of those who became victims to the tragedy. The subject is presented as a somber event.
Family and friends of victims
Citizens of the United States
Oklahoma City Bombing Address- Bill Clinton
Clinton addresses this memorial as somber and intimate. While speaking of the tragedy, he manages to use wording that makes it feel like he is personally talking to you. Clinton connects with those listening by making himself seem like an ordinary person, not a political leader.
Clinton exemplifies ethos in his speech in several way. First, he was a well respected politician/president at the time. In the speech, he refers he and his wife, Hillary, as parents. This statement makes us feel like he is more trustworthy because of his reference to being a parental figure.
The speech includes a variety of pathos throughout. Clinton spends a lot of time discussing the deaths of the innocent children involved. This gives more emotional feelings to the memorial. The mourning elements give the audience and readers somber feelings. Clinton's repetitive assurance that all those who died are in heaven with God gives a religious appeal to the audience.
Clinton states, "The anger you feel is valid, but you must not allow yourselves to be consumed by it." This reassures the audience that it is okay to feel anger towards the situation, however, it is important that we move on and heal.

mourn with you...
share your hope...
thank all those who...
pledge to do all we can..."
"You saw them at church or the PTA meetings, at the civic clubs,at the ball park..."
"... the life of a good person is like a tree whose leaf does not wither."
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