Title

Presidential spectacles: Political illusionism and the rhetoric of travel

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-1998

Department

Communication Studies

Abstract

This essay explores the rhetorical implications of presidential travel spectacles. A form of political illusionism, travel spectacles enable administrations to marginalize verbal eloquence, visually simplify complex political issues, narratively interpret presidential agendas, synoptically reify presidential personae, and construct or mystify political realities. Discussed are implications of political illusionism for the presidency, citizenry, and rhetorical critic.

Publication Title

COMMUNICATION MONOGRAPHS

Volume

65

Issue

2

First Page

141

Last Page

153