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POTUS Speaks: Finding the Words That Defined the Clinton Presidency

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"POTUS" stands for "President of the United States." Michael Waldman served as a special assistant and then chief speechwriter to Bill Clinton from 1992 to 1999. During that time, he worked closely with the president to write or edit nearly two thousand speeches, including four State of the Union addresses and two inaugural addresses. More than rhetoric, these speeches are ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 5th 2000 by Simon & Schuster
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Gordon Kwok
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book both the substance, first-hand account and also what it is like to see an interagency process. For example, it takes all the branches of the federal government and their input to craft together a State of the Union speech. There are countless fact checkers, checking both for legal errors and also factual errors and those who's job is to check to make sure that the speech does not offend anyone. For example, instead of saying, "every man for himself" which may be constr ...more
James
Sep 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Not as nuts and bolts about the writing process as I was hoping, but it gives you a good picture of just how deeply involved in the overall work of the White House that presidential speechwriters are and how involved in the process Bill Clinton was, writing, re-writing, etc. Also give you a very good idea of just how much work and how many long nights and practice sessions go into the State of the Union address. You also get to see the cast of characters in the Clinton White House, including Al ...more
Alice Harbin
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book because it gave me such an insiders view of the Bill Clinton presidency. Also it is well written as one might expect. The way that Clinton used or didn't use his speech writers is amazing to me. He was such a good extemporaneous speaker, he hardly needed a writer it seems.
When reading about the speech writers dilemma, I was transported back to my college days, and my speech writing class. I struggled mightily with it, so I sympathized greatly with the speech writers.
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