October 30, 2012
The Challenger Disaster
On January 28, 1986 the United States watched the Challenger Space Shuttle take off into the blue sky, carrying seven brave Americans: Michael Smith, Dick Scobee, Judith Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis and Christa McAuliffe. Seventy three seconds after liftoff, the Challenger space shuttle faltered and exploded into smoke over the Atlantic Ocean. This event was seen by millions, including school children and families who watched their loved ones vanish before their eyes. Before this event, NASA was not terribly popular and had lost funding. The launch having the first average citizen to go into space marked a historic point in history. Ronald Reagan was prepared to give a speech on the State of the Union Address; instead, he gave speech to the United States about the loss they had experienced that day. Through the use of ethical appeal, Ronald Reagan understood the emotions of the people, his speech attempts to persuade the audience to mourn with him about the Challenger disaster, and to come together to remember those strong, brave people. Ronald Reagan was a very educated man and was known as “the great communicator.” Trying to make an end to the Cold War, making tax cuts, and rebuilding the armed forces, Ronald Reagan needed to mourn with his country about the devastating loss that had occurred in the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) program. Making sure everything and everyone is ready the Challenger prepared to take off. The purpose of Ronald Reagan’s speech was to grieve with the nation, remember the sacrifice the crew members made, and to encourage everyone to have faith and keep moving forward. Ronald Reagan showed empathy in many aspects. He starts out by saying, “Nancy and I are pained to the core and we share this pain with all the people of our country.” He shows that he is not only a leader, but someone who has feelings just like everyone...
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