Analysis of President Obama's speech on the death of Osama Bin Laden.

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How could the text be read and interpreted differently by two different readers?

The study and analysis of a political speech by a world leader that excludes references to certain groups or issues (which makes the readers to interpret it differently)

OUTLINE: how do you plan to go about it? In points…

  • Choose the speech of Obama on the death of laden.
  • Analyze the main contents of the speech.
  • Understand how the president uses language.
  • What is his intended audience?
  • Does his speech confine to one race or it has a universal appeal.
  • Identify if the language is racist, sexist or colloquial.
  • How does a Muslim feel when he listens to it?
  • How will the supporters of Laden react to this speech?
  • Conclude with giving suggestion for what should not have been included in the speech.

The President calls bin Laden “a terrorist”, and draws a powerful visual image to create an adverse impression of Laden by employing antithesis “bright September day was darkened by the worst attack on the American people” and that this atrocity is “seared into our national memory.” What does he wish to allude by the personal pronoun “our”? This use alienates the non-American audiences from him, as bin Laden has always been a revolutionary leader in the eyes of the Islamic world. Laden is a hero who rose to the occasion in order to mitigate and resist the savageries of America in the gulf countries.

The repercussions of the 9/11 were horrible in America where most of the bearded and turbaned people were butchered openly. The President does not make any mention of this barbarism, and instead claims that “Americans offered their neighbors a hand, offered the wounded their blood, and reaffirmed their ties to each other.” How can the President claim such things, and what makes him forget the excesses that were performed on the Muslim people on his land and country. He blames that bin Laden  “openly declared war on the United States and was committed to killing innocents in our country and around the globe,” but he does not cite any reasons for such a vehement stand taken by Laden. What were the factors that turned Laden a terrorist and an anti American? The president makes a clean sweep by ignoring this issue and drawing the attention of the audience to his personal contribution behind the assassination of the revolutionary. He pays accolades to him when he says, “I directed Leon Panetta, the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority of our war against al Qaeda.” The judgment of the president appears more of a personal vendetta than the jeremiad of someone for justice.

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How easily he talks of the “targeted operation against that compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan,” wherein bin Laden was killed in the dead of the night. He again prides himself on saying that  “No Americans were harmed.  We took care to avoid civilian casualties.” The president never mentions the cost that the Islamic countries have to pay for it. He discounts the heavy toll that arose in the wake of the drone attacks that he launched all over the Islamic countries such as Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and Pakistan to capture Laden. The predatory drones led to the killing of thousands ...

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