Famous speech writers reflect on their importance and impact
Speeches have the power to educate, incite, and inspire.
But for almost every delivered speech, there exists an undelivered opposite. These “second speeches” provide a tantalizing, sometimes terrifying window into what could have been if not for changes of heart or momentous turns of events.
Today, we hear from Jeff Nussbaum, who most recently served as a special assistant and senior speechwriter to President Biden.
Prior to his role at the White House, Nussbaum was a partner at West Wing Writers, the premier strategy and speechwriting shop in DC.
We also chat with Terry Edmunds, who was the first African American Chief Speechwriter in a presidential administration. He will address the importance of WHO writes speeches for politicians, and why those perspectives and voices matter.
- Terry Edmunds, Political Speechwriter
- Jeffrey Nussbaum , Author; and Former Senior Speechwriter for President Joe Biden