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  • Presidential Speechwriters Discuss State of Speechwriting and Rhetoric
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    Presidential Speechwriters

    Former presidential speechwriters for Presidents Nixon through Obama took part in an annual conference for professional speechwriters. The shared their experiences working for their respective offices.…

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  • Finance in Political Campaigns
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    Finance in Political Campaigns

    Panelists talked about the history of campaign finance. They spoke about court decisions and legislation that have regulated who can finance campaigns and how much they can give, and…

    316 views
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    Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court

    Jeff Shesol talked about his book Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. the Supreme Court, in which he recalls Franklin Roosevelt’s confrontation with the U.S. Supreme Court over objections to…

    1,554 views
  • Discussion with Presidential Speechwriters
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    Obama Administration Speeches and Rhetoric

    Former presidential speechwriters talked about the rhetorical skills of President Obama and offered insights from their own experiences working with past presidents.

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  • Obama Administration Speeches and Rhetoric
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    Obama Administration Speeches and Rhetoric

    Political speechwriters and other communications professionals talked about the rhetoric used by President Obama in his public speeches. Among the topics they addressed were the speech writing process,…

    777 views
  • Robert F Kennedy Tribute
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    Robert F. Kennedy Tribute

    A tribute was held to honor the life and legacy of the late Robert F. Kennedy. His daughter Kerry Kennedy and Rep. Edward Markey hosted a reception at the Capital to commemorate what would have…

    1,199 views
  • Kerry Acceptance Speech
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    Kerry Acceptance Speech

    By video link from Washington, D.C., Mr. Shesol spoke about Senator Kerry’s presidential nomination acceptance speech the previous night. Mr. Shesol was in Boston for the convention earlier…

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    Mutual Contempt

    Mr. Shesol talked about his book, Mutual Contempt: Lyndon Johnson, Robert Kennedy and the Feud that Defined a Decade, published by W.W. Norton and Company. The book details the relationship…

    868 views
  • Writing the State of the Union Address
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    Writing the State of the Union Address

    The guests talked about speeches, speechwriting, and President Bush’s state of the union address. They responded to audience telephone calls, faxes, and electronic mail. Video clips of President…

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    Mutual Contempt

    Mr. Shesol talked about his book Mutual Contempt published by W.W. Norton and Co. The book details the political and personal rivalry between President Johnson and Senator Robert Kennedy, which…

    112 views
  • Newspaper Roundtable
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    Newspaper Roundtable

    In the newspaper roundtable, Ms. Garment and Mr. Shesol talked about current news stories of interest to them and their new books and took audience calls, faxes and electronic mail.

    65 views
  • Washington Saturday Journal
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    Washington Saturday Journal

    Current news events and political issues were examined through reviews of the morning newspapers; interviews with journalists, newsmakers and legislators; and viewer telephone calls, faxes and…

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  • Rhodes Scholars Program
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    Rhodes Scholars Program

    A group of current Rhodes scholars from the U.S. discussed their experiences in the education program and what it means to them to be a Rhodes scholar. Former Rhodes scholars include…

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