Power in Words: The Stories Behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House
Includes eighteen full-length speeches
The behind-the-scenes story of how eighteen speeches made a president
Whatever his ratings, Obama remains personally popular, widely acknowledged for his soaring oratory. His words were one of the lasting legacies of his presidential campaign and are proving to be among his most efficacious governing weapons.
In Power in Words, Berry and Gottheimer introduce Obama’s most memorable speeches, from his October 2002 speech against the war in Iraq and his November 2008 election-night victory speech to “A More Perfect Union,” his March 2008 response to the Reverend Wright controversy, and lesser-known but revealing speeches, such as one given in Nairobi, Kenya, in August 2006.
Berry and Gottheimer include a rich introduction to every speech that features political analysis and provides insight and historical context. Power in Words includes commentary straight from Jon Favreau, Obama’s chief speechwriter, as well as former presidential speechwriters such as Michael Waldman (Bill Clinton) and Michael Gerson (George W. Bush).
“Power in Words dissects the rhetoric of the president in unprecedented ways. A while back I began to see this movement the president is leading as a kind of cultural transformation, and in this book the stories behind the famous addresses come to life.”
“Refer to this work to better understand and appreciate the power of words of our forty-fourth president.”
—Dana Perino, former White House press secretary
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A powerful look at Barack Obama's political rhetoric. An analysis of his amazing oratorical skill. Read full review