Performing a Presidency: Consciousness, Crisis and Doctrine in the Making of Bush 43 - An essay by theatre expert Ronaldo Morelos seeking to explain how the 9/11 terrorist attacks shaped and set the tone for the Bush presidency.
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George W. Bush delivered three televised speeches on the 11th of September 2001 following the attacks of that day. These statements provided a context and a plan to deal with the unfolding tragedy. The emotive memory of those events, thus contextualised, became the foundation for the performative and communicative acts that the U.S., as a nation and as an international coalition leader, became committed to and later engaged in. The performances of Bush as president in that crisis were informed by and, in turn, invoked particular social, cultural, and political processes that served to "define the situation" historically, extracting meaning from those events and harnessing national identity. The authoritative narratisation, performed as presidency, compelled a course of action within the context of conflict in a social drama.