According to Blitzer’s Rhetorical Situation the main components in a speech are looking for a fitting response, an audience that’s listening, constraints and a rhetorical response. (Bitzer, 1968) The speech that I used to illustrate what Bitzer’s rhetorical situation was the speech President Obama gave about the shooting that took place in Connecticut, at the Sandy Hook Elementary school. The school shooting took place on December 14th, 2012. A twenty-year-old man by the name of Adam Lanza shot and killed twenty-six people then killed himself; Adam Lanza killed twenty children and six adults. In this speech, I will tell you Obama’s exigence, audience, constraints, and fitting response.
In the Obama Sandy Hook School Shooting speech, the exigence that Obama talked about was the tragedy of the school shooting. In the speech, he talks about how he is reacting as a parent and not as a president. Obama also talks ...view middle of the document...
He told the audience that he feels the grief, “I know there is not a parent in American who doesn’t feel the same overwhelming grief that I do” (Obama 2012). He also focused on the parents of the survivors too. He says they are blessed to have their children at home tonight, they know that their children’s innocence has been taken away and that there is nothing that can be said to ease their pain (Obama 2012). Obama also talks about the other tragedies that happened that is similar to the Sandy Hook tragedy. That is to say, he knows what is going on in the world and informs the audience of that.
One constraint is how some people were saying that the Sandy Hook School Shooting was a conspiracy and not real. Another constraint is the gun law policy that was being out into action after the school shooting. In his Gun Control Statement Obama stated the Sandy Hook Elementary school tragedy. The Gun Control Statement, talks about how hard it’s going to be for people to obtain firearms. Obama also announces other shooting that have happened in Memphis, Topeka, Las Vegas, Alabama and Missouri.
Obama’s fitting response was to give the speech as the president but more like a parent. What he did was appropriate, and many people felt that his speech was sincere because not only did he say what was right but this tragedy also made him tear up. He also went to the school and gave a speech there. Another fitting response was him giving a speech at the Memorial Service. I think Obama’s fitting responses were good enough, however what I might have done differently was go to the school and give a big speech there not one speech here and another there, to show that I really care about the situation.
In conclusion, the Sandy Hook Shooting is a shooting that took place in an elementary school. In the Sandy Hook shooting twenty children and six adults died; the person that committed the crime also committed suicide afterwards. In this paper and in Obama’s speech, it talks about his exigence, audience, constraints, and fitting response. Lastly, as a rhetor I would have gone to the school and delivered a speech to them right away.