ERIC Number: ED344273
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
"One More Time, Let Me Justify This War": An Analysis of President Bush's Declaration of Days of Thanksgiving.
Jones, Kevin T.
President Bush's declaration of April 5-7, 1991 as National Days of Thanksgiving is a unique example of Presidential civil religious discourse: no other President has ever made such a declaration to thank God for a victory in war. Whether he intended to or not, President Bush engaged in a rhetorical form which allowed him to manipulate a very controversial issue. Bush selected dialogue uncharacteristic of his rhetorical style but which mirrored previous Presidential civil religious discourse of other eras. By placing this rhetorical strategy onto the genre of Presidential post war rhetoric, Bush capitalized on a national mentality and extended his justification for decisions concerning the Gulf War. Future Presidents need only use some Bible verses and theological language to show to the American people that a certain issue was God's will. Any disapproval of that action would be unAmerican. (The text of the Declaration of National Days of Thanksgiving is included.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Bush (George); Controversial Topics; Gulf War; Rhetorical Strategies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association (77th, Atlanta, GA, October 31-November 3, 1991).