Ronald Reagan Farewell Speech

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Elizabeth David
Advanced Technical Communications: Paper Assignment #1
February 27, 2012

On January 11, 1989 President Ronald Reagan gave his Farewell Address to the Nation from the Oval Office in The White House. The speech was broadcast live on nationwide radio and television. He had served our country for 8 years and now it was time for George Bush to take office. He used his 34th and final speech as president to not only bid the nation farewell but also to give thanks to the American people. He shares with America his experience as the U.S President and ensures that he could not have made the changes he made without the nation’s help. The speech is deliberative. His goal is to be sure to persuade the people that America is a great nation and that our nation and our people are looked up to by other countries, making America feel like a great place to live.

In regard to logos in the speech, Reagan tells the audience an experience that he had with his wife when they went to Moscow. This was to let them know that he was more than just the President, and that he too liked to indulge in excitement every so often. He and Nancy had decided to lose their entourage to visit a shopping area. In telling the story he said that many of the Russian people recognized them immediately and gave them a warm welcome. In that moment the Committee for State Security shoved the people in the crown. “It was an interesting moment, he said, It reminded me that while the man on the street in the Soviet Union yearns for peace, the government is Communist. And those who run it are Communist, and that means we and they view such issues as freedom and human rights very differently.” This statement makes the American people appreciate what is had in this country and realize that not every country has the liberty of living in a democracy based government. So again, it is something for the American people to be proud of. He also speaks of the Soviet leader at the time, President...
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