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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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Guest interview on Bipodisan podcast

In these divided times, can Americans on the Left and Right still talk to each other? Former presidential speechwriters Paul Orzulak and Mary Kate Cary host long-time Obama White House speechwriter Terry Szuplat and former George W. Bush Administration speechwriter Jean Card to discuss the controversy surrounding the resignation of White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter.

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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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Trump Responds to Terrorism the Way Demagogues and Dictators Do

Op-Ed for The Washington Post,

Earlier this year, I warned that a terrorist attack under Trump would be “a demagogue’s dream and a uniquely dangerous moment for our democracy.” With this week’s atrocity in New York — the deadliest attack in the city since 9/11 — that moment is here.

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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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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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Letter from America: Donald Trump Does Not Define Us

Op-Ed for The Huffington Post,

Not unlike the monasteries of Ireland centuries ago protected classic texts from the chaos of their time, people across our country are working to safeguard our democracy today. So please don’t give up on us. America is bigger than any one person, even the president. And we’re still here.

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Video: Analysis of President Obama’s Speech in Montreal

Interview with CTV News,

In his speech in Montreal, President Obama never once mentioned Donald Trump. He didn't have to. His speech was "vintage Obama"--a call to reject a politics based on fear and bigotry and an affirmation of the institutions, norms and values at the heart of our diverse democracies.

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