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The Power of Values: An Interview With an Obama Foreign Policy Speechwriter

Interview with Global Risk Insights,

"An appreciation for the power of our example and our ideals as Americans was central to Obama’s presidency and it was central to his foreign policy," Szuplat said. "By virtue of his life and unique biography he had a real appreciation for the power of America’s story around the world."

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What makes an effective inaugural address? Advice from an Obama speechwriter.

Interview with America Media,

“If one of the great questions for the American people right now is ‘How do we get through this profound loss, can there be better days?’—who better to point the way than someone who has lived through the darkest moments any person can face?" said Szuplat. "I think it’ll be a huge element of his inauguration and of his presidency…. He might end up being the most perfect leader for this moment because of his life experience.”

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Response to President Trump’s Return to the White House with Covid

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Please say a prayer for all the dedicated White House permanent staff — the butlers, the housekeepers, the janitors—being forced to work in a Covid hot zone. Their lives are being endangered so a weak, enfeebled man can pretend to be strong.

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Why the West Wing Is a Perfect Place to Spread Covid

Interview with Washingtonian Magazine,

When many people picture working in the White House, they imagine the expansive suite of offices depicted in Aaron Sorkin’s The West Wing. Terence Szuplat, who was a speechwriter for the Obama administration, describes his time in the West Wing as like working “in a submarine.”

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Why Having No Live Audience for This Week’s Democratic Convention May Be a Good Thing

Article in Washingtonian Magazine,

“You can probably have a more intimate experience with the audience,” says Terence Szuplat, who runs Global Voices, a strategic communications and speechwriting firm. "I would hope it’s an opportunity for candidates to be much more accessible. Maybe that will be a good thing for our democracy."

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VIDEO: Reflections on JFK’s 1963 address at The American University

Panel discussion with The American University Sine Institute of Policy & Politics,

Terence Szuplat, former Deputy Director of Speechwriting for President Barack Obama, joins panelists Andrew Cohen and William McGurn to discuss the meaning and legacy of President Kennedy's landmark 1963 speech at the American University.

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More than 100 national security professionals break with tradition and endorse a presidential candidate — Biden

The Washington Post

More than 100 career national security professionals have signed an open letter of support for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, saying that President Trump “has created an existential danger to the United States.”

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President Barack Obama: “a moving portrait…an honest tribute”

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"This Veterans Day, here’s a moving portrait of the extraordinary resilience of my friend Cory Remsburg, an Army Ranger I’ve come to know over the years," said Obama. "It’s an honest tribute to all those wounded warriors and their families who give so much to our country."

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The Endless Recovery From the Endless War

Essay for New York Magazine,

An Obama speechwriter reconnects with the wounded soldier who became a national symbol of resilience. "How much do any of us really know about the lives of veterans like Cory? How much do we really want to know?"

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More than 300 former officials call Trump’s actions concerning Ukraine ‘profound national security concern’

The Washington Post,

“To be clear, we do not wish to prejudge the totality of the facts or Congress’ deliberative process,” said the statement, released Friday. “At the same time, there is no escaping that what we already know is serious enough to merit impeachment proceedings.”

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