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Former Democratic and Republican West Wing Speechwriters to Preview President Obama’s State of the Union Address

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Washington, D.C. – As President Obama prepares to give the first State of the Union address of his second term, the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) will host White House speechwriters from the Obama, Bush and Clinton administrations for a conversation about what to expect in the address, as well as the Republican response. The event, entitled, State of the Union: The Speechwriters’ Perspective, will begin at 8:30AM next Tuesday, February 12.

Washington Post opinion writer and MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart will moderate the discussion with panelists Don Baer, former speechwriter to President Bill Clinton and Worldwide Chair and CEO of Burson-Marsteller; Adam Frankel, former speechwriter to President Barack Obama and Executive Director of Digital Promise; John McConnell, former speechwriter to President George W. Bush; and Jeff Shesol, former speechwriter to President Clinton and Partner of West Wing Writers.

BPC Vice President of Communications and former Communications Director for U.S. Senator John McCain, Eileen McMenamin, will make opening remarks.

Follow BPC’s live tweets from the event @BPC_Bipartisan #SOTU.

This event is open to the press, but space is limited. To register, please email press@bipartisanpolicy.org.


Don Baer

Former Speechwriter to President Clinton

Worldwide Chair and CEO, Burson-Marsteller

Adam Frankel

Former Speechwriter to President Obama

Executive Director, Digital Promise

John McConnell

Former Speechwriter to President George W. Bush

Independent Speechwriter and Consultant

Jeff Shesol

Former Speechwriter to President Clinton

Partner, West Wing Writers

Moderated by

Jonathan Capehart

Opinion Writer, The Washington Post

MSNBC Contributor


Opening remarks by

Eileen McMenamin

BPC’s Vice President of Communications



“State of the Union: The Speechwriters’ Perspective”


Bipartisan Policy Center

1225 Eye Street NW

Suite 1000

Washington, D.C. 20005


Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Breakfast available at 8:00AM


Ashley Berrang
(202) 637-1456

2013-02-07 00:00:00