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Obama's Speech - Osama bin Laden
Transcript of Obama's Speech - Osama bin Laden
Given May 1, 2011. CONTEXT; This speech was given by Barack Obama during the Iraqi War. He discusses the death of Osama bin Laden, who was killed by the Navy Seal Team Six. PURPOSE; The purpose of this speech was to annouce Osama bin Laden's death and provide closure to the American's who lost loved ones during 9/11 due to the plans of this man. LOGOS; "I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, and a terrorist who's responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women, and children."
"We quickly learned that the 9/11 attacks were carried out by al Qaeda -- an organization headed by Osama bin Laden, which had openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe. And so we went to war against al Qaeda to protect our citizens, our friends, and our allies." PATHOS; "We offered our neighbors a hand, and we offered the wounded our blood. We reaffirmed our ties to each other, and our love of community and country. On that day, no matter where we came from, what God we prayed to, or what race or ethnicity we were, we were united as one American family.""And on nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to al Qaeda's terror: Justice has been done." ETHOS; "Over the years, I've repeatedly made clear that we would take action within Pakistan if we knew where bin Laden was.""These efforts weigh on me every time I, as Commander-in-Chief, have to sign a letter to a family that has lost a loved one, or look into the eyes of a service member who's been gravely wounded." Literary Devices; -Flashback"The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory -- hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the Twin Towers collapsing to the ground; black smoke billowing up from the Pentagon; the wreckage of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where the actions of heroic citizens saved even more heartbreak and destruction."-Allusion"Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."