Similarly, the statistical data offered by the president in the initial part of the speech highlights the gravity of the issue and he calls for immediate attention into the matter.
Partition: After convincing his audience of the seriousness of the issue, the president elaborates on the measures undertaken by the American Government to tackle the challenge. The president assures his citizens that he has undertaken all the possible measures to bring the oil spill under control by assembling the “nation’s best scientists and engineers to tackle this challenge -- a team led by Dr. Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist” who is also the nation’s Secretary of Energy. The president is optimistic that the collaborative efforts from the team members, scientists at the national labs, experts from academia and other oil companies are capable of capturing “up to 90 percent of the oil leaking out of the well” within a few weeks by mobilizing additional equipment and technology. However, the president is conscious that the oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico is going to affect the nation as an epidemic and that the nation will have to suffer from its adverse effects for months and years.
The president then shares his plan of action for tackling and making sure that such a catastrophe never again takes place. Cleaning up the oil offers a great challenge to the Federal Government and so this comes at the top of his action plans. The environmental clean up is entrusted to the highly experienced Admiral Thad Allen and almost 30,000 personnel, thousands of ships and vessels, and 17, 000 National Guards members are deployed for this purpose. The president also tries to highlight that because of the collaborative efforts from the Federal Government, “millions of gallons of oil have already been removed from the water through burning, skimming and other collection methods”.
The second action plan of the president is aimed at the “recovery and