Who writes the speeches for Clinton and Obama? They give some very convincing speeches that sometimes, are filled with rhetoric and promises. Is their speech believable to the hearer? Is it just a formal way of looking presentable? How do these Presidential Candidates redeem themselves with a well-written speech when their presidential campaign is in trouble? Well, who really is in trouble right now?
Well, if you listen to the political critics; some of whom insist that they are experts, you can tell that their reporting is sometimes bias and of no substance because no one knows what will happen in the democratic race. It may look obvious for John McCain, but not for Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. I do not presume to be a political analyst, but I am paying attention to both the political race, but because I am a writer, I have an interest in the speeches that present. Being a Public Speaker requires a certain personality, presentation and aura. I think it is practice that makes one become better at giving a speech.
However, what about the person who sits in the background writing these speeches? I am sure you don't think that Clinton, Obama, Huckabee and McCain are writing their own speeches, do you? The speech writer does not get enough credit because the political candidates would rather make you believe that they write their own speeches, but that is the furthest from the truth.
I am sure if they had time, they could write a speech of high quality. However, time constraints do not allow either the republican or democratic political candidate to sit down and write a great speech. Even President Bush has a speech writer. If someone does not write these speeches, these political figures will stumble over their words and will come off looking like idiots. So kudos to the speech writers who laboriously come up with flawless words, phrases, and sentences that make these public figures look good.
Who hires these speech writers? I would love to be a part of that team of insiders who know how much their service is needed. I would love to watch them work and learn from them. I bet you wouldn't. However, because I, too, am a writer, I would love the opportunity to sit with beaming pride and listen to the words that I wrote coming from the mouth of such popular political candidates like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Mike Huckabee, President Bush and John McCain.
I don't think these speech writers will ever get credit for their hard work and I am not sure if that is a good or bad thing. I think it may be OK for them to sit in the background and watch everything unfold and know that in some way, they have contributed to history. I guess it is OK. Wouldn't you say?