Rhetoric Of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton

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Kelley provides an examination of Hillary Rodham Clinton's rhetorical responses to mediated versions of crises in the Clinton Administration. She begins by examining the historical First Lady, and then looks at mediated political realities in general as well as those of the Clinton presidency. Kelley also examines the rhetorical management of political crises and the crises management style of First Ladies, including Florence Harding and Eleanor Roosevelt.

The book focuses on the analysis of Hillary Rodham Clinton's rhetorical management of crises in her husband's Administration, including health care, Travelgate, Whitewater, and allegations of sexual misconduct. Kelley's approach is grounded in Kenneth Burke's framework of language as a symbolic means of inducing cooperation through rhetorical identification. She concludes with speculation regarding both the degree of success of Hillary Clinton's efforts as well as the implications of those efforts to rhetorical and political communication and feminist theory. This book will be of particular interest to scholars and researchers of the presidency and the role of the First Lady, political communication, and feminist studies.

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A discourse on Hillary Clinton's rhetorical management of the media during the investigations of several political crisis during her husband's administration. Kelley (speech communication, Penn State U. Erie) explores the history of first ladies' handling of scandal, from Lucretia Garfield to Patricia Nixon; how they dealt with the press; and their husband's careers and their own. Hillary's handling of Whitewater, Travelgate, and the other scandals is explored, focusing on her rhetorical strategies and their evolution. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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COLLEEN ELIZABETH KELLEY is Assistant Professor of Speech Communication at Penn State-Erie, The Behrend College.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
1. The Historical First Lady 1
2. Politics and Mediated Realities 25
3. Mitigating Factors in Press Mediation 65
4. Crisis Management Rhetoric 95
5. Crisis Management Styles of First Couples 119
6. Mini-Scandals to Whitewater: The Early Crisis Management Discourse of Hillary Rodham Clinton 151
7. Travelgate to Impeachment: The Later Crisis Management Discourse of Hillary Rodham Clinton 181
8. The Rhetorical Evolution of Hillary Rodham Clinton 217
9. Rhetorical Strategies of Hillary Rodham Clinton 243
Conclusion 281
Bibliography 285
Index 299
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