Audience

George W. Bush delivered the 9/11 Address to the Nation from the Oval Office in the White House in Washington, D.C. The speech was televised, meaning that the audience consisted of millions of people in the United States and around the world. 

In his speech, George W. Bush primarily addresses the American people. He starts the speech with a reference to those affected by the terrorist attacks: “Today, our fellow citizens, our way of life, our very freedom came under attack.”

The speaker frequently uses all-inclusive terms, which reflect the magnitude of the tragedy and also seek to inspire unity in the American people: “our very freedom came under attack”; “Our country is strong”; “A great people has been moved to defend a great nation”; “all Americans from every walk of life unite in our resolve for justice and peace.”. Also, Bush informs the audience about the rescue efforts and the precautions that are being taken to protect citizens in America but also abroad.

When the speaker informs the audience that efforts are being made to find those responsible for the attacks, he is issuing a response to the terrorists behind 9/11: “The search is underway for those who w...

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