Presidents George Bush and George W. Bush both fought wars against Iraq during their respective terms in office. Each employed rhetorical strategies and exploited the media to elicit public, Congressional and international support for war.
Interestingly, despite similarities in their use of propaganda, the Presidents held differing philosophies about foreign policy. George Bush created a broad international coalition which participated militarily or financially. In contrast, although George W. Bush won the support of Congress, he failed to convince most of the world community of the justification for his war. As a result, the second war against Iraq was fought and financed by the United States with the assistance of the United Kingdom .
Despite the similarities in their tactics, a distinct rhetoric emerged from each administration. Though both Presidents used tools of modern propaganda, George Bush was more successful in convincing the international community. Can this difference be attributed to the way in which each President employed propaganda? In this presentation, I explore the rhetoric of George Bush and George W. Bush in an attempt to answer this question.
Abigail Ozanne, ’05 Falcon Heights , MN
Major: Elementary Education
Sponsor: Craig Allin