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President Bush 9/11 Speech
Transcript of President Bush 9/11 Speech
Matt Bogden President George W. Bush's 9/11 Speech Where was President Bush? September 11, 2001 Emma E. Booker Elementary School
2nd grade classroom
Sarasota, Florida This speech by President Bush was
appropriate and effective for the
situation because of the content, delivery,
and the leadership role he possessed at
that time. Events of 9/11 The Twin Towers
The Pentagon Facts Four planes were hijacked by 19 Al Qaeda
3,000 people were killed on that day
The first two planes hit the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center
The third hit the Pentagon
The fourth is believed to be aimed for the White House, but was retaken by the passengers and crew members on Flight 93. It crashed in an empty field in western Pennsylvania. Why the speech? President Bush gave the speech as reassurance
Government is already working to resolve issue Content Effective analogies
Vivid language "Terrorists can shake the foundations of
our biggest buildings, but they cannot
touch the foundation of America." "The pictures of airplanes flying into
buildings, fires burning, huge structures
collapsing, have filled us with
disbelief, terrible sadness and a quiet,
"America was targeted for attack because we are the brightest beacon for freedom and opportunity in the world and no one will keep that light from shining." Delivery Serious, yet comforting tone
Calm throughout speech
Tried to hold nation together Bush made a personal connection
Brought him down to the level of a normal citizen Leadership role Personal and emotional connection
Made him seem like a real person He is the President and he gave the speech Conclusion Analysis
Content, delivery, and leadership role = successful speech
Looking beyond the speech The End