Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
School of Communication
Joseph P. Zompetti
This thesis analyzes the use of self-deprecating humor as a rhetorical strategy by figures in positions of authority. A close textual analysis is performed on eight White House Correspondents' Dinner speeches by U.S. presidents. Two speeches are analyzed from each of the four chosen presidents. The presidents whose respective uses of self-deprecating humor will be analyzed are Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.
Sorenson, Brian, "To Thine Own Self Be Cruel: an Analysis of the Use of Self-Deprecating Humor as a Rhetorical Strategy by Figures in Positions of Authority" (2014). Theses and Dissertations. 129.