Speechwriting in the Institutionalized Presidency: Whose Line Is It?

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Lexington Books, Apr 18, 2018 - Political Science - 282 pages
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This book traces the evolution of the speechwriting process for presidents in the White House from the administration of Franklin Roosevelt to the present. While institutionalization of the speechwriting process has often been blamed for bland presidential rhetoric, this book draws out the many varied consequences of institutionalization on the speechwriting process. Ultimately, it concludes that the institutionalization of the process has actually served the presidency well by helping presidents avoid the adverse effects of poorly chosen words.
 

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Contents

1 The State of Presidential Speeches
1
2 Why Presidents Talk
21
From FDR to LBJ
45
Nixon to the Present
93
5 Lessons on the White House
179
6 Donald Trump MODERN DAY PRESIDENTIAL and the Future of Presidential Rhetoric Construction
199
Bibliography
219
Index
233
About the Author
243
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Kenneth Collier is professor of political science at Stephen F. Austin State University.

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