Decision Points Rhetorical Analysis and Theme

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Decision Points
January 16, 2011

George Bush’s book, Decision Points, is a memoir of his experiences and decisions he made throughout his presidency. Bush chooses to highlight the most challenging and controversial issues in his presidency, and tries to shed some light on the events. Bush lays out two goals he wanted to accomplish in the book; the first being that he wants to “paint a picture of what it was like to serve as president for eight consequential years.” Secondly, he wants to “give readers a perspective on decision making in a complex environment.” He hopes that one day, Decision Points will be used as a historical resource for this time period, but for now, he hopes that it will help to clarify some questions or clear up controversy left in the wake of his presidency.

Jeremy Berger of did a fairly well supported review of Decision Points, by George W. Bush, and I agreed with most of his points.
“In his words, the years were colored by drinking problems, feeling sick, hurt feelings, being blindsided, kicking butt, feeling sick again, mad political scientist buddies, and Dad or Christ helping him say the course. All the trappings of dude lit and about as much depth. GWB describes his reaction to some of the defining moments of his presidency-- 9/11, Abu Ghraib, finding zero WMDs in Iraq-- as “feeling sick to my stomach.” As per the above disclaimer, GWB is no Tucker Max, and there are thoughtful and genuine passages, like when the president reflects on the victims of 9/11, but the depth and scope of his observations are shockingly juvenile. (Berger, 1.)

The quote is basically saying that Bush talked a lot about his experiences as President- high points and low points- and outlined many other things, but didn’t offer very much depth to his analysis. In some cases, such as the issue regarding stem cell research, he goes into great detail on how and why he made the decision he did. He describes his meetings with various...
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