Published on Aug 10, 2012
Political candidates live in a storm of controversy. When a candidate's character comes under fire during a campaign, how they respond can make the difference between winning and losing an election.
This episode of PODIUM examines three political speeches that confronted campaign controversy head on: JFK addresses fears about his loyalty to the Pope; Richard Nixon counters charges of financial corruption; and Barack Obama responds to the incendiary remarks of his pastor, Reverend Jeremiah Wright.
PODIUM's political speech experts break down the stakes and successes of these three historic campaign speeches.
Speechwriter for President Obama
Professor of Speechwriting, American University
Professor of Media, Culture & Communication, New York University
Speechwriter for President Clinton
Director of Speechwriting for President Clinton
PODIUM is a bi-weekly series that embraces the art of public speaking and honors those with something to say. From historic political speeches, to contemporary commencement addresses, to wedding toasts, the series explores various genres of speechmaking and provides inspiring, insightful analysis including "how-to" content.
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