Rudolph Giuliani: Background and Accomplishments (02:28)
New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani was thrust into the national spotlight after the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. In this hard-hitting, forcefully delivered speech he used statistics and anecdotes to tie his international audience to the tragedy.
Rudolph Giuliani: 9/11 Address to the UN (22:13)
On October 1, 2001, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani speaks to the United Nations General Assembly about the terror attacks of 9/11.
Tony Blair: Background and Accomplishments (02:23)
Of all the rhetoric prompted by 9/11, British Prime Minister Tony Blair's may be the most eloquent. He uses antithesis and parallel structure to mobilize his audiences. This speech helped establish Blair as the first great orator of the 21st century.
Tony Blair: 2001 Labour Party Keynote Address (26:57)
Prime Minister Tony Blair addresses the Labour Party conference in October, 2001, expressing his country's solidarity with the United States (excerpt).
Tom Daschle: Biography and Accomplishments (02:07)
On August 9, 2001, Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle delivered an eerily prophetic speech outlining his party's views on foreign policy. His use of metaphor helps him build his case against President Bush's foreign policy.
Tom Daschle: Foreign Policy Address (38:47)
Senator Tom Daschle speaks at the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars on August 9, 2001, less than a month before the 9/11 attacks.
Colin Powell: Biography and Accomplishments (02:06)
Secretary of State Colin Powell used the podium to recast President Bush's foreign policy agenda in light of international terrorism, and to define America's role in the world. Powell's rhetorical skills were strong.
Colin Powell: Speech on Terrorism (32:34)
Secretary of State Colin Powell gives an address on terrorism at the McConnell Center for Political Leadership in November, 2001.
John F. Kennedy: Biography and Accomplishments (02:22)
Seeking to calm world tensions following the Cuban missile crisis, Kennedy delivered a historically significant address. The genius of his oratory is its universality. Using antithesis and repetition, he emphasizes the commonality of all mankind.
John F. Kennedy: American University Commencement Address (26:34)
President John F. Kennedy gives the commencement address at American University.
Credits: Great Speeches, Volume 17: Rudolph Giuliani, Tony Blair, Tom Daschle, Colin Powell, and John F. Kennedy (00:30)
Credits: Great Speeches, Volume 17: Rudolph Giuliani, Tony Blair, Tom Daschle, Colin Powell, and John F. Kennedy
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