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State of the Union: The Speechwriters’ Perspective


WHEN: Tuesday, January 24, 2012 1:27 p.m. to 1:27 p.m. ET

WHERE: Bipartisan Policy Center , 1225 Eye St. NW, Suite 1000, Washington, DC, 20005

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As President Obama prepares to give the last State of the Union address of his first term, BPC launched an examination of the politics and policy impacting the upcoming presidential and congressional elections. From campaign- and election- themed events to policy debates, the year-long BPC effort began on January 24 with former White House speechwriters anticipating and framing the president’s speech later that evening and the Republican response. The conversation explored the mechanics of writing a speech of such magnitude, the additional political pressures speechwriters face in an election year, and the expected reaction from the media and Republican presidential candidates.

Introductions by

Zachary Hastings Hooper

Director of Public Affairs, BPC


Vinca LaFleur

Partner, West Wing Writers Former Speechwriter to President Bill Clinton

Bob Lehrman

Adjunct Professor, American University School of Communication Former Chief Speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore

Author, The Political Speechwriter’s Companion

John McConnell

Former Speechwriter to President George W. Bush

Chriss Winston

Former Chief Speechwriter to President George H.W. Bush

Moderated by

Richard Wolffe

Political Analyst, MSNBC Author, Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House Follow BPC’s live tweets from the event @BPC_Bipartisan #SOTU.

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