After Words with Ted Sorensen

Ted Sorensen talked about his book Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, published by Harper. The memoir focuses on his work with… read more

Ted Sorensen talked about his book Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History, published by Harper. The memoir focuses on his work with President Kennedy, starting in January 1953 when he became first legislative assistant then speechwriter and advisor to the freshman senator from Massachusetts. In 1960 he was named special counsel to the president and was involved in the momentous events of Kennedy’s presidency such as the decision to go to the moon and the Cuban missle crisis. Mr. Sorensen recounted his relationship with President Kennedy, his assessment of his character and of his presidency as well as detailing the practice of speechwriting. The guest interviewer was Robert Schlesinger.

Ted Sorensen is a former speechwriter and special counsel to President John F. Kennedy. Mr. Sorensen stayed with President Johnson for a few months and also worked on Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign. He then practiced international law for over thirty-five years. Ted Sorensen is the author of Kennedy that was published in 1965.

Robert Schlesinger is the author of White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters (Simon and Schuster, April 15, 2008). He is the deputy assistant managing editor, opinion, at U.S. News and World Report. He was formerly a Washington correspondent for The Boston Globe and editor of The Hill. close

*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Jun 14, 2008
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Nov 1, 2010

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