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After Florida Tragedy, Trump Changes the Subject

Comment for Agence France-Presse,

“Everyone understood, when something of that magnitude happened that the American people expect to hear from the president,” said Obama speechwriter Terry Szuplat, who recalls the 44th president carrying out that duty at least 15 times. "There is really only one person who can channel that grief and speak to that grief, and there is only one person who can truly speak for the nation.”

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Speechwriters Discuss Power of Presidential Pulpit

Yale Daily News,

On Tuesday, the Information Society Project at Yale Law School hosted a panel of former presidential speechwriters to discuss their experiences working in the White House. “My hope is that folks will come away with a better understanding of the role of presidential rhetoric in our democracy and the role presidential rhetoric has in defining and shaping the relationship the president has with citizens,” Szuplat told the News.

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Trump’s Tweets, Use of Rhetoric, Keep World on Edge

Comment for The Voice of America,

"It's unnerving to allies. It sends mixed signals to adversaries," added Terence Szuplat, who served as a foreign policy speech writer for former U.S. President Barack Obama, further describing President Trump's use of Twitter as "grossly irresponsible."

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White House Iftar Celebrations Could End Under Trump

Comment for The Washington Post,

Terence Szuplat, a speechwriter for Obama, told The Post he couldn’t pinpoint who had brought up the Jefferson [iftar] dinner first. “I remember thinking, that would be a very interesting and fascinating and powerful story, but we can’t have the president say it until we know that it’s 100 percent accurate,” Szuplat said.

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A Speechwriter’s Perspective on Trump’s First Foreign Trip

Comment for USA Today,

"Any foreign trip is a high-wire act. The fact that President Trump is going to try to do all this at once is mind-boggling," said Terence Szuplat, a former speechwriter for President Barack Obama who worked on many of his speeches in foreign capitals. "The number of minefields here are just remarkable."

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Obama Alumni Terence Szuplat Launches Global Voices

POLITICO Playbook,

Terence Szuplat -- one of President Obama's two foreign policy speechwriters for eight years and deputy director of White House speechwriting in the second term -- is starting a new venture. Global Voices will offer strategic communications and speechwriting to leaders, companies and NGOs in the U.S. and around the world.

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Donald Trump’s Speech to Congress: What to Look For

Newsday,

Szuplat said Trump has an opportunity Tuesday night to reach out to those who dislike or disagree with him by offering an optimistic, reassuring and more inclusive vision of the future.

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“The Greatest Job in the World”

Interview with SiriusXM,

Interview with "The Dean Obeidallah Show" on SiriusXM Progress

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What’s it Like for Ordinary Citizens to be Highlighted in a Presidential Speech?

San Diego Union Tribune,

“Nothing captures the imagination and helps people understand the impacts and possibilities like hearing about people who live them every day,” said Terry Szuplat, who as one of Obama’s longest-serving speechwriters conceived and drafted hundreds of talks on a variety of subjects over the past eight years.

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An Inside Look at the Selling of the White House’s Foreign Policy

San Diego Union Tribune,

Terence Szuplat: Every single one of these town halls and the speeches that [President Obama] gives around the world are broadcasted and seen by millions of people. And there’s no other country, there’s no other leader who does that. In this globalized world, you can’t just make deals with global elites. You have to have buy-in from the people and go to every region in the world.

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