Speechwriters Conference Closing Keynote – Ted Sorensen (1 of 4)

The ghost of Camelot visited the Ragan Speechwriters Conference on Friday morning. JFK speechwriter, Special Counselor and man who lived a life at the edge of history – Ted Sorensen – delivered the closing keynote. The audience of 300 speechwriters was privileged to see and hear the world’s most famous speechwriter share his insights into Kennedy and the craft of speechwriting.

I sat in front and filmed the entire 30-minute keynote. These four YouTube videos comprise 99% of what Sorensen said.

In this first segment, he applauds the return of eloquence to political life in the USA and recognizes the importance of “just words” as the tools leaders use.

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More Ted Sorensen video on the WGBH Forum network.

Theodore Sorensen and Ted Widmer, speech writer, Clinton Administration in a panel discussion at the JFK Library and Museum on February 19, 2007.

Theodore Sorensen and Ted Widmer join other presidential speechwriters to discuss the art of capturing the president’s voice, communicating his ideas, and inspiring the public. They share memories of the presidents with whom they worked and clips from their favorite speeches.



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