Throughout the debate, both Rooney and Obama use eloquent and persuasive language in an attempt to appeal to the ethos, logos, and pathos of the audience, with the ultimate goal Of increasing the number Of votes received in the upcoming election. However, when thoroughly analyzed, the speeches of these great leaders seem to be laced with logical fallacies, making their debate, at least to an informed and logical audience, somewhat comical.
Within the first few moments of the debate, the contrasting tones and styles of both Rooney and Obama became clear.Ready and willing to point out the faults in President Beam’s economic plans, the Republican candidate was engaging full of energy and ready to launch into his detailed and extensive five-point plan aimed towards the revival of the economy. Throughout the course of the 90- minute session, Rooney with the aid of his bullet points and passion delivered a well-prepared account of his stances of domestic policy including energy, healthcare, education and tax reform.In contrast, for the majority of the session, President Barack Obama seemed to be surprisingly ill-prepared and even without a clear answer or plan to combat with Roomer’s concrete points. Rather than delving into his new and revolutionary ideas on how to kick-start the economy and improve the conditions of America’s workers and families, many times the Presidents main rebuttal was his disagreement with the policies put forth by his opponent, yet offering little in regards to changes that he would make.
After the conclusion of the debate, it became clear to both opposing parties that Governor Mitt Roomer’s business-like and aggressive strategies won both the publics approval and a disheartened sigh from the Democratic Party. However, when analyzed more thoroughly, examples of both candidates appeal to pathos became more evident, even in heir opening statements. Obama, the democratic candidate, won the hearts of the audience with an acknowledgment of his anniversary to First Lady, Michelle Obama. There are a lot of points I want to make tonight, but the most important one is that 20 years ago I became the luckiest man on Earth because Michelle Obama agreed to marry me. And so I just want to wish, Sweetie, you happy anniversary and let you know that a year from now we will not be celebrating it in front of 40 million people.
” Followed by a good round of laughter from the audience, the President used this special occasion o his advantage, portraying himself as the type of man to put both his family and his relationships even before the debate.His use of the word “Sweetie” and a humorous one-liner when addressing his wife is a clear attempt to gain the audience’s favor through their emotions. In his own attempt to accentuate his appeal to the emotions of the audience, Rooney, in one of his first statements concerning jobs, tells of a woman with a baby in her arms who came up to his wife, Ann Rooney. The woman had “grabbed my arm and said, ‘I’ve been out of work since May. Can you help me? ‘” To which he spooned, “The answer is, yes, we can help, but it’s going to take a different path, not the one the president describes as a top down, cut taxes for the rich.That’s not what I’m going to do.
” In one attempt, the candidate has not only appealed to pathos but also taken a jab at the Presidents policies, allowing him then to launch into his prepared five-point plan that encompasses his ideas for promoting small business, energy, education, trade, and balancing the federal budget, even indemnifying Beam’s plan as “trickle down government’. Like many politicians in debate forums such as hose, the questions posed by the moderator seemed irrelevant to the policies and plans that each candidate deemed more important.As a result, many questions were asked as well as answered out of sequence, making it difficult to determine if the candidate actually answered the proposed question. One example of this was when Rooney, when presented with a question regarding education, used it as an opportunity to point out the billions of dollars that Obama had wasted on largely unsuccessful green energy programs, exemplifying the logical fallacy of Red Herring along with there instances in the debate.
In addition, there was evidence of a direct appeal to authority from President Obama during his discussion of health care. “But as Abraham Lincoln understood, there are also some things we do better together. So, in the middle of the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln said, let’s help to finance the Transcontinental Railroad, let’s start the National Academy of Sciences, let’s start land grant colleges, because we want to give these gateways of opportunity for all Americans, because if all Americans are getting opportunity, we’re all going to be better off.