Writing the State of the Union Address

Former presidential speechwriters talked about writing the State of the Union address. Topics included the process and various stages… read more

Former presidential speechwriters talked about writing the State of the Union address. Topics included the process and various stages of writing the speech, number of drafts, Presidential involvement, and the relationship of speech writers to other White House staff. Katie Dunn Tempas moderated.

Terry Edmonds was a speechwriter for President Clinton, Lee Huebner for Presidents Nixon and Ford, and Clark Judge for Presidents Reagan and Bush.

The Presidential Oral History Program at the University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs hosted a two-day White House Speechwriters Symposium, bringing together speechwriters from the Nixon through Clinton administrations to discuss White House communications and crafting a presidential message. close

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

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206095-2
Category:
Public Affairs Event
Format:
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Location:
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
First Aired:
Jul 26, 2008
Last Aired:
Jan 30, 2011

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  • Jul 26, 2008 | 8:00pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Jul 26, 2008 | 10:58pm EDT | C-SPAN 1
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  • Jan 02, 2009 | 3:33pm EST | C-SPAN 1
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  • Jan 29, 2011 | 4:29pm EST | C-SPAN 3
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