Several weeks ago in New Orleans, I warned Colonel Qadhafi
As for Reagan’s deictic pointers, it is not surprising that though the attacks on American citizens and the bombing of the enemy occurred outside of the US, the majority of the deictic pointers stay within the local time and place, mainly due to the use of I but also this.
It is no surprise, at this point in the analysis, to find that Reagan appealed to the audience by clearly confirming America’s superior position in the world, stating that Qadhafi is a world enemy, but we (as in United States) will make it our responsibility to punish him.
Colonel Qadhafi is not only an enemy of the United States... He has sanctioned acts of terror in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, as well as the Western Hemisphere. Today we have done what we had to do. If necessary, we shall do it again.
Our evidence is direct; it is precise; it is irrefutable.
As for the media impact, it is clear that the language level and length was neatly planned to be aligned with the audience’s expectations and needs. The occasional sound bites in the form of short sentences also fare well with a live broadcast. There are also references to European history and World War II, making it appealing to the world-wide audience and reiterating the superior position of the United States at the time of the speech.