Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
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Condoleezza Rice is recognized as one of President George W. Bush's closest advisors and one of America's most influential officials. During her tenure as Bush's National Security Advisor and then as America's first African American female Secretary of State, Rice faced situations in which her image was challenged, undermined, or questioned by other individuals. This project explores how she addressed her image through examination of her rhetorical strategies in her opening statement before the 9/11 Commission in April of 2004, her first address as Secretary of State to State Department staff in January of 2005, and her first public speech as Secretary in France in February of 2005. Using Walter R. Fisher's communicative motives as a framework for analysis, this paper also examines how Fisher's motives appeared in contemporary discourse, describes which motives dominated Rice's remarks, and evaluates her success in enacting the dominant motive in each rhetorical act. Ultimately, the examination of these three artifacts revealed that Rice's rhetoric better suited the introduction of new ideas and a new image than repairing damaged images.
Condoleezza; Construction; Image; Most; Powerful; Rhetorical; Rice; Woman; World
Communication; Rhetoric; Women's studies; Blacks--Study and teaching
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Tidgewell, Karin Dawn, ""The most powerful woman in the world": The rhetorical image construction of Condoleezza Rice" (2006). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1991.