Presidential rhetoric on terrorism under Bush, Obama and Trump: Inflating and calibrating the threat after 9/11

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Abstract

Through the analysis of eighteen years of presidential data, this book shows how Presidents Bush, Obama, and Trump have conducted and framed the war on terror since its inception in 2001. Examining all presidential speeches about terrorism from George W. Bush’s two terms as President, Barack Obama’s two terms as President, and Donald Trump’s first year as President, this book is the first to compare the three post-9/11 presidents in how they have dealt with the terror threat. Presidential Rhetoric on Terrorism under Bush, Obama, and Trump argues that when policies need to be “sold” to the public and Congress, presidents make their pertinent issues seem urgent through frequent speech-making and threat inflation. It further illustrates how after policies are sold, a new President’s reticence may signify quiet acceptance of the old regime’s approach. After examining the conduct of the war on terror to date, it concludes by posing policy suggestions for the future.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages142
ISBN (Electronic)9783030301675
ISBN (Print)9783030301668
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • 9/11
  • Barack Obama
  • Bill Clinton
  • Civil liberties
  • Donald Trump
  • Drones
  • George W. Bush
  • Guantanamo
  • Policy Selling
  • Political communication
  • Political rhetoric
  • Post-9/11
  • Presidential Leadership
  • Presidential Rhetoric
  • Presidential speeches
  • Public opinion
  • Social justice
  • Terrorism
  • Threat inflation

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