Soapstone of U.S. Walks Out as Iran Leader Speaks by Neil MacFarquhar

U.S. Walks Out as Iran Leader Speaks, an article in the New York Times, written by Neil MacFarquhar, detailed the events at the United Nations General Assembly where President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran claimed in his speech, “that the United States orchestrated the Sept. 11 attacks to rescue its declining economy, to reassert its weakening grip on the Middle East and to save Israel,” according to MacFarquhar. The United States delegates as well as many other delegates including Canada and all the countries included in the European Union walked out during the speech.

Subject: Focuses on the president’s Speech and reactions to it that suggest that he likes to call attention to himself with such dramatics. Also mentioned two other impassioned speeches in little detail.

Occasion: Story tells the events of the Thursday United Nations General Assembly, the president’s speech and various opinions of it.

Audience: The story is targeted to anyone interested in the event. Though, some parts might make more sense to those with some background knowledge of the president and previous remarks that he has made.

Purpose: To provide information about the assembly and the speech to those interested.

Speaker: Neil MacFarquhar wrote the article. He seems to have previous knowledge of the president’s political career and speeches.

Tone: Informative, though wryly humourous at times.

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