US President George W. Bush announces invasion of Iraq March 20 2003

Speech text:

"My fellow citizens. At this hour, American and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm Iraq, to free its people and to defend the world from grave danger. On my orders, coalition forces have begun striking selected targets of military importance to undermine Saddam Hussein's ability to wage war. These are opening stages of what will be a broad and concerted campaign. More than 35 countries are giving crucial support from the use of naval and air bases to help with intelligence and logistics to deployment of combat units. Every nation in this coalition has chosen to bear the duty and share the honour of serving in our common defence. To all the men and women of the United States armed forces now in the Middle East, the peace of a troubled world and the hopes of an oppressed people now depend on you. That trust is well placed. The enemies you confront will come to know your skill and bravery. The people you liberate will witness the honourable and decent spirit of the American military. In this conflict America faces an enemy that has no regard for conventions of war or rules of morality. Saddam Hussein has placed Iraqi troops and equipment in civilian areas, attempting to use innocent men, women and children as shields for his own military. A final atrocity against his people. I want Americans and all the world to know that coalition forces will make every effort to spare innocent civilians from harm. A campaign on the harsh terrain of the nation as large as California could be longer and more difficult than some predict and helping Iraqis achieve a united, stable and free country will require our sustained commitment. We come to Iraq with respect for its citizens, for their great civilisation and for the religious faiths they practise. We have no ambition in Iraq except to remove a threat and restore control of that country to its own people. I know that the families of our military are praying that all those who serve will return safely and soon. Millions of Americans are praying with you for the safety of your loved ones and for the protection of the innocent. For your sacrifice you have the gratitude and respect of the American people and you can know that our forces will be coming home as soon as their work is done. Our nation enters this conflict reluctantly, yet our purpose is sure. The people of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder. We will meet that threat now with our army, air force, navy, coastguard and marines so that we do not have to meet it later with armies of firefighters and police and doctors on the streets of our cities. Now that conflict has come, the only way to limit its duration is to apply decisive force and I assure you this will not be a campaign of half measures and we will accept no outcome but victory. My fellow citizens, the dangers to our country and the world will be overcome. We will pass through this time of peril and carry on the work of peace. We will defend our freedom. We will bring freedom to others and we will prevail. May God bless our country and all who defend her."

In terms of political rhethorics parody can be quite revealing:

Will Ferrell as George W. Bush on global warming

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and now a special address from the president of the United States on Global Warming

"hello America itís me here your president your commander-in-chief of the world and Iím at my ranch in Crawford Texas just taking a little R&R you know, relax and growing out my soul patch playing a little freesbe golf with Condi Rice and Dick Cheney having a good time but still keep my eye on the ball and there is an issue that has come to my attention the issue of the so called global warmings that are happening on our planet for centuries the rays of the sun have warmed the surface of our earthís crust and apparently those raysíre intensifying in such a way that itís increasing lava flows and cut! Ö I donít know what the hell I am talking about

global warming is an issue that my administration is very concerned about deeply, deeply in a deep kind of concerned way itís aÖ I donítÖ I start my day and I think about the warming of the globe and how we can get it warmer cut!

rest assured that the issue of global warming is something that my administration takes very seriously not right now Condi! weíll play later

Iím sure by now youíve all heard what liberal scientists are trying to say it seems that liberals and godless taxraisers are trying to make me look bad by using such things as facts and scientific data cut! what? Mr. President you canít say that theyíre using facts right Facts are real, theyíre not disputed how do you know that?

what kind of book is this? Jesus, why didnít you tell me it was a pop-up book? Those things scare the crap out of me. I donít think thatís the kind of science book weíre looking for weíre talking about global warming what kind of science book would you suggest? thereís a lot of books One filled with facts maybe? Yes! Yeah, Iíd bet youíd like that

When you think back to biblical times when Adam and Eve talked to that snake 6000 years ago when the world was created it was hot back then too why do you think Adam and Eve were naked? See what Iím saying? I mean, Iím not making this stuff up you didnít hear Adam and Eve running around talking about emissions standards or hybrid cars in fact, Adam and Eve drove an Excursion cut!

Letís talk about something that really matters like keeping steroids out of T-ball cut!

I think the polar ice caps suck who cares about having a place where a bunch of penguins can have an orgy? cut!

Global warming, donít worry about it we got a bead on this thingÖ you know, we just need to get nature to co-operate with us we donít need to listen to nature nature needs to listen to us cut!

Mr. President, you asked me to tell you when the Rangers gameís on? Itís on right now.

Oh GeeÖ What inning is it? It better not be past the third inning"

Speech by William Wallace with features of pep-talk (Braveheart)