A Politician Not Meeting a Rhetorical Situation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XbQwAFobQxQ                      (part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?annotation_id=annotation_341233&feature=iv&v=Jj7nBrdm4LE                 (part 2)


Earlier this week, I posted an example of President Obama meeting a rhetorical situation on the Daily Show.  Now I posting about how not to meet a rhetorical situation. As a side note: this is not a political post but just the first political example I could remember of a politician not meeting a rhetorical situation. A brief history. Sarah Palin was relatively unknown when she was chosen as McCain’s running mate. She gave three interviews right away and Katie Couric was the third interviewer.  This interview was basically an opportunity for Sarah Palin to introduce herself to America. Several aspects of this interview indicate that she was unprepared for this interview:

-The lack of details she provides shows that she has not adequately prepared. One example is her lack of details concerning how she would promote democracy

– She failed at establishing an effective ethos regarding foreign policy experience. Her contention that living in a state that is near Russia constitutes foreign policy experience was challenged by Couric and the challenge was not effectively met by Palin.

– Palin was not adequately informed about her talking points ahead of time. While it was clear she had talking points, she does not keep the talking points confined within their respective topics.

Does anybody have anything else to add?


–Rob Gentle


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