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  • Speechwriters and Poets Discuss Speaking Styles of Presidents
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    Presidential Speechwriting and Poetry

    Presidential speechwriters and poets examined the speaking styles and speeches of presidents and politician. Speakers included David Litt, a speechwriter for former President Obama; Mary…

  • David Brooks and Ronald White Discuss Character and the Presidency
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    Character and the Presidency

    New York Times columnist David Brooks and historian Ronald White discussed character and the presidency, comparing past administrations to the Trump White House, at Grand Valley State University…

  • Former Presidents Clinton and Bush Discuss Leadership and Friendship
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    Bill Clinton and George W. Bush on Leadership

    Former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton talked about the importance of leadership, public service, and working to build better communities. The two men also spoke briefly on their…

  • Washington Journal Philip Terzian Discusses the Press  Presidential Relations
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    Philip Terzian on the History of Press and Presidential Relations

    Philip Terzian talked about his recent Weekly Standard article on the historical relationship between the Washington, D.C., press corps and presidents.

  • The JFK Tapes Desegregation
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    The JFK Tapes: Desegregation

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    On October 1, 1962, James Meredith became the first African American to become a student at the University of Mississippi in Oxford. President John F. Kennedy’s phone calls about the…

  • Dwight Eisenhower 1952 Acceptance Speech
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    Dwight Eisenhower 1952 Acceptance Speech

    General Eisenhower accepted the 1952 Republican Presidential Nomination.

  • The Nixon Tapes 1972 Republican National Convention
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    The Nixon Tapes: 1972 Republican National Convention

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    President Richard Nixon’s calls leading up to and after the Republican National Convention. Participants included Special Counsel to the President Charles Colson, Vice President and running mate Spiro…

  • Eisenhower and Nixon 1956 Acceptance Speeches
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    Eisenhower and Nixon 1956 Acceptance Speeches

    President Eisenhower and Vice President Nixon accepted their nominations to be the 1956 Republican candidates for president and vice president. Between the speeches, first lady Mamie…

  • Reagan Library Tour
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    Reagan Library Tour

    Mrs. Reagan conducted a tour of the Reagan Presidential Library, highlighting important episodes of the Reagan presidency. She commented on several exhibits including those which focused on the assassination…

  • Reel America President Lyndon Johnson on the Vietnam War 1965
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    President Johnson on the Vietnam War

    President Johnson spoke about the conflict in Vietnam and the U.S. policy regarding the region. Entitled “Peace Without Conquest,” the address attempted to explain why Southeast Asia was of…

  • President Lyndon Johnson Address on Voting Rights
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    Voting Rights Address

    President Johnson spoke to a joint session of Congress regarding the voting rights of all Americans. He focused on the denial of equal rights to African-Americans and stressed that all…

  • Ronald Reagans A Time for Choosing Speech
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    Reagan Campaign Address for Goldwater

    Mr. Reagan spoke in support of Senator Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential campaign. In the speech he called “A Time for Choosing” he focused on the importance of a strong defense against…

  • President Gerald Fords Pardon of Richard Nixon
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    President Ford Pardon of Richard Nixon

    President Ford addressed the nation to announce that he would grant a full, free, and absolute pardon to former President Nixon. He cited the likelihood of the controversy going on and…

  • President Fords First News Conference
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    President Ford's First News Conference

    In his news conference two weeks after being sworn in, President Ford answered questions from reporters about his plans, his budget and other topics. He would not say whether he would…

  • President George HW Bush Interview
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    President George H.W Bush Interview

    President George H.W. Bush talked about his personal life and career. Topics included his early career in public service, as Director of the CIA, his decision to seek the presidency, his…

  • 1974 State of the Union Address
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    1974 State of the Union Address

    President Nixon gave his annual State of the Union address and focused on an energy crisis and efforts to secure a Middle East peace. He also spoke about the Watergate investigation saying…

  • 1964 State of the Union Address
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    1964 State of the Union Address

    President Johnson spoke to Congress regarding the State of the Union. He focused on the need to improve the unemployment rate and equal civil rights for all Americans. He also proposed a…

  • Life Portrait of Bill Clinton
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    Life Portrait of Bill Clinton

    In the forty-first in a series on American presidents, scholars discussed the life and career of Bill Clinton. Among the issues discussed were Clinton’s childhood and early adulthood, his…

  • Life Portrait of George HW Bush
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    Life Portrait of George H.W. Bush

    In the fortieth in a series on American presidents, scholars discussed the life and career of George Bush. Among the issues they addressed were his naval service, his early political…

  • Life Portrait of Ronald Reagan
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    Life Portrait of Ronald Reagan

    In the thirty-ninth in a series on American presidents, participants discussed the life and career of Ronald Reagan. Among the issues they discussed were his early film career, involvement…

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