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Writing Speeches for President Obama

Crooked Conversations, CrookedMedia.com,

Speechwriters Jon Favreau, Ben Rhodes and Cody Keenan discuss writing for President Obama and the importance of localizing speeches that emotionally connect with audiences, in the United States and around the world.

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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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The Danger of Authoritarian Rhetoric

Quoted in Newsweek,

Terence Szuplat, a foreign policy speechwriter for former President Barack Obama, said Trump has "sought to emulate" authoritarians, demagogues and dictators in his responses to terror attacks.

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Legacies of War Announces New Board Members

Terence Szuplat, a former Special Assistant to President Obama and Senior Director of Speechwriting at the National Security Council, has been named a Board Member of Legacies of War, which advocates for the removal of unexploded U.S. bombs from Laos.

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Ritenour Inducts National Military Hero into Hall of Fame

Ritenour School District,

Cory Remsburg has met President Obama on multiple occasions, and Obama wrote a special surprise letter to him for his induction into the Ritenour Hall of Fame. The letter was presented and read aloud at the ceremony by former President Obama's speechwriter Terence Szuplat.

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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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