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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 10:48 PM
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Have US Presidents ever written their own speeches? You know,
before teleprompters what would this lying lunatic * have done? Were there always speech writers? Or did the great US Presidents write their own and then deliver them from their own heart and mind? Anyone know?
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Angry Girl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 10:52 PM
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1. I thought he used an earpiece because he has trouble reading
His handlers feed him everything through that damn earpiece. Like he's some fricking trained dog (with my sincere apologies to dogs).
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Journeyman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 10:53 PM
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2. Mr Lincoln penned his own words. . .
but then, he was one of the finest writers this nation's ever produced.
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unrepuke Donating Member (763 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:08 PM
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12. On the back of a shovel, with a lump of coal, in the dark, whilst
walking miles to return a book.

Uphill.



Both ways.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 10:54 PM
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3. I don't know, but I do know that Clinton made lots of his own changes
to the speeches that others wrote.

Do you remember the story about the teleprompter quiting at the beginning of one of Clinton's speeches, and even the Press didn't know it until much later after the speech was done? I did the whole thing impromtu!

I'd give anything to see what Shrub would do in that situation!!!!!!
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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:01 PM
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4. That would be hilarious, LOL just thinking of him in that situation.
He'd look as stupid as he is.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:04 PM
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6. Yep! Betcha the networks would have a sudden satellite failure!
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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:04 PM
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7. did you see the clip of hillary's opponent announcing her candidacy?
duh ... {fumble, fumble} ... where's page 10? who's got page 10? ...
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:11 PM
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unblock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:05 PM
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9. "**I** did the whole thing impromtu"??? bill??? is that you???
welcome to du, mr. president!

:hi:

:evilgrin:
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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:28 PM
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16. You have to be intelligent and ABLE to pull that off. You have to
know your stuff.
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no_hypocrisy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:04 PM
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5. Uncertain, but my money is on JFK, Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin Delano
Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson.
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Yupster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:06 PM
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10. FDR did not, but
Hoover did.
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coda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:05 PM
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8. Madison wrote Washington's 1st Inaugural Address.
Edited on Mon Oct-10-05 11:08 PM by coda
Certainly Adams, Jefferson, and Madison, Lincoln, Garfield, and T Rossevelt could.
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:35 PM
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19. Little known fact: James Garfield was one of our most intelligent
Presidents. I don't know exactly how intelligent. We may never know. But he may have approached genius level.
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coda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:43 PM
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21. Yeah, I've read amazing things about him.
He usually isn't on most lists because he served such a short time, but that's why I included him.

There was something about him beng able to write using both hands and in different languages.
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Aristus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:48 PM
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23. Yeah, he could write a passage in Latin with one hand, and another
in Greek with the other hand simultaneously. He probably just did it as a stunt, but still, to be able to do it at ALL! :wow:
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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-11-05 12:31 AM
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25. Yeah, show off but hey flaunt it if you got it eh.
:wow: is right.
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nadinbrzezinski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:07 PM
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11. Yes actually Kennedy wrote many of his speeches, he was the first
to use a speech writer...
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coda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:38 PM
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20. Sorenson was certainly one of the best speechwritters.
Money well spent.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:18 PM
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14. I found this link in a google search.
Speechwriters and their craft are actually a fairly new trend, and presidents up through Woodrow Wilson a historian and a writer by trade who was in office from 1913 to 1921 basically wrote their own remarks. The first official speechwriter was "literary clerk" Judson Welliver (search), who began working under President Warren G. Harding in March of 1921.

"Presidents didn't give many speeches until the early 20th century," Ribuffo said. "Wilson could be his own speechwriter not only because he was a writer but because he didn't have to give any speeches. Now it would just be impossible."...

http://hnn.us/roundup/comments/11862.html
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coda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:24 PM
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15. Wm H Harrison probably needed one the worst.
To shorten it. :)
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Benhurst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:30 PM
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18. Good editors were, and are, hard to find.
:popcorn:
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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-11-05 12:32 AM
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26. That's an interesting Google find on speechwriting. Thanks. nm
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chalky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:29 PM
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17. I thought Clinton wrote his own speeches, and the big complaint was that
they ran too long.

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Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:50 PM
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24. Clinton's a musician. He improvises.
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AlGore-08.com Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-05 11:48 PM
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22. Gore writes his own speeches
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