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.
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Partner, West Wing Writers Former Speechwriter to President Bill Clinton
Adjunct Professor, American University School of Communication Former Chief Speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore
Author, The Political Speechwriter’s Companion
Former Speechwriter to President George W. Bush
Former Chief Speechwriter to President George H.W. Bush
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.