Historical Perspective

In his “Crisis of Confidence” speech, Jimmy Carter listed several plans that intended to combat the energy crisis. However, his ideas were declined by the Congress. Therefore, it can be considered he failed in his attempt to improve situation. He did succeed in implementing nuclear power, but, in 1979, a radioactive accident happened (the Three Mile Island accident). This resulted in anti-nuclear protests all over the US.

In his speech, Carter tries to encourage the American citizens by telling them that the nation is strong and that he understands their struggle. However, the delivery of the speech was followed by negative reactions from all over America. People received his statements as criticism about how they were living their lives.

Textual perspectives

Dwight Eisenhower’s “Atoms for Peace” speech also addresses the use of energy. Eisenhower tries to persuade Americans to back the use of nuclear power. Eisenhower’s speech is also informative, since he lists several aspects related to nuclear power and how it should be used for good. 

In his speech “Reclaiming the American Dream”, Barack Obama addresses some aspects about the American nation that can be compared to Carter’s mention of America’s crisis of confidence. Obama points out that the American Dream should be reclaimed by Americans in order for the future to be bright.

Richard Nixon’s “Silent Majority” speech can also be compared to Carter’s speech. Nixon talks about the actions he wants to take when it comes to the Vietnam War. Among other things, he promises to gradually withdraw the American troops from Vietnam. Unlike Carter, who was criticized for his speech, Nixon’s popularity grew after delivering the “Silent Majority” speech.

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