chapter  10
Responses to Metaphors in Politics: Continued Explorations of the Metaphor Extension Hypothesis
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On September 18, 1986, President Corazon Aquino addressed a joint session of Congress, becoming only the second foreign dignitary ever to do so in the history of the United States. The purpose of the speech was to report on the „people power revolution‰ that the Philippines had successfully completed just half a year before her address to the Congress. A second·and more important·purpose of the speech was to ask for foreign aid to help her country pay off the foreign debts accumulated by her predecessor, President Ferdinand Marcos. Despite the fact that the Philippines had been the third leading recipient of US foreign aid at the time, it turned out that President Marcos had diverted these funds into his private offshore bank accounts, leaving the Filipino treasury empty.