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CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 04, 2003
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) Report introduced.

(Santa Barbara, California: Jeff Greenfield) The power of speech when American presidents react to a crisis examined; details given about Abraham Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address"; excerpts of several historical speeches shown. [In 1986, President REAGAN - says the future belongs to the brave.] [In 1941, after Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. ROOSEVELT - says we will gain the inevitable triumph.] [In September 2001, President BUSH - says we will be heard; states either you are with us or with the terrorists.] [In 1963, President Lyndon JOHNSON - speaks.] [In 1995 in Oklahoma City, President CLINTON - speaks against hatred & violence.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Live interview held with presidential adviser David Gergen about our presidents & their words. [Harvard University's GERGEN - says presidential rhetoric is very important in giving the people hope to get through a problem; mentions the section in Kathleen Hall Jamieson's book about Reagan's Challenger speech; states Bush put a human face on the astronauts who died this weekend; suggests what happened may increase out fragility about what may happen in Iraq.]

Brown, Aaron;
Greenfield, Jeff

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