Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House

Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House


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Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House by Mary Frances Berry, Josh Gottheimer

President Obama's words are one of the lasting legacies of his presidential campaign and administration.
In Power in Words, distinguished historian and civil rights activist Mary Frances Berry and former presidential speechwriter Josh Gottheimer introduce Obama’s most memorable speeches, from his October 2002 speech against the war in Iraq and his November 2008 election-night victory speech to “A More Perfect Union,” his March 2008 response to the Reverend Wright controversy, and lesser-known but revealing speeches, such as one given in Nairobi, Kenya, in August 2006. 
For each speech, Berry and Gottheimer add a rich introduction that includes political analysis, provides insight and historical context, and features commentary straight from the speechwriters themselves—including Jon Favreau, Obama’s chief speechwriter, and several other Obama campaign writers. Compelling and enduring, Power in Words delivers the behind-the-scenes account of Obama’s rhetorical legacy and is a collection to relish for years to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807001691
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 605,279
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mary Frances Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought and professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, and the author of nine books. The recipient of thirty-three honorary degrees, she has been chair of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, is a regular contributor to Politico, and has appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher, Anderson Cooper 360, The Daily Show, Tavis Smiley, and PBS's NewsHour.

Josh Gottheimer was presidential speechwriter and special assistant to President Bill Clinton; appears on MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN as a political analyst; edited Ripples of Hope: Great American Civil Rights Speeches; and is executive president of the global PR firm Burson-Marsteller.

Theodore Sorensen (1928-2010) was former special counsel and adviser to President John F. Kennedy and a widely published author on the presidency and foreign affairs.

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Power in Words: The Stories behind Barack Obama's Speeches, from the State House to the White House 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blood clan is a good rp clan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing! Luv it Reflections! - &alpha dder
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cool! Can you make Hazelpaw cross the Scorchclan border and come back woth 3 cats after her? And make Dirtpaw a supe kind cats and he evens says no to Hazelpaw? <p> Mirror
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please read my story at puy. YOURS WAS GREAT and please excuse bad grammer so Isand is Island so stuff like that OK?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like it! For when a character is speaking, you don't always have to start a new line. Wha l mean is, let's say one character is talking, then you have 'he mewed'. Then, you want more spech. In cases like that, you do not need to start a new line. Some examples are below. Numbers A. and C. are wrong.<br> <p> A. "I think sunsets are so pretty," he sighed. <br> "Don't you?" <br> <p> B. "I think sunsets are so pretty," he sighed. "Don't you?" <br> <p> <p> C. "I hate winter," she shivered. <br> "Snow is so awful and cold." <br> <p> D. "I hate winter," she shivered. "Snow is so awful and cold." <br> <p> <p> Do you ge the point? Now, if it's a different character speaking, then yes, start on a new line! <br> I also wanted to point out that with names, you said Dustpaw and Dirtpaw, as the same cat. Probably a simple mistake! It's alright, l just wanted to point that out. Oh, and being named Dirtpaw is probably and insult, because they call cr<_>ap 'dirt'. :3 Just saying! All in all, great story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yay! Did you know i used to rp a cat named crystalsky in sandclan?(a pact clan)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Winterpaw awoke to Harepaw prodding her in the side. <br> "Winterpaw!" The older apprentice meowed. <br> "Have you forgot about your training?" <br> "Dudi sheep ihn?" Winterpaw murmured in response, half-asleep. <br> "What?" <br> Winterpaw blinked open her eyes and yawned. <br> "Did I sleep in?" <br> "Majorly. It's almost sunhigh." The white she-cat bolted out the out the den at Harepaw's response. "Thanks for waking me up!" Jaysoar was pacing imatiently at the camp exit. <br> "Finally! You can't sleep in when you're an apprentice or warrior," Jaysong scolded. Winterpaw's tail drooped in shame and failure. <br> "I know... I failed my first day of training." <br> "Not entirely," her mentor said bightly. <br> "Now follow me, before we miss the whole day!" <p> Jaysong lead Winterpaw into their river-y territory. All Winterpaw could do was stare. This was her first time ever being out of camp. <br> "Will we learn how to fish? How to fight?" She asked eagerly. <br> "Not today. I'll just tour you around WaterClan." Winterpaw's spirit drooped in dissapointment. *At least I'm even getting to do /anything/,* she thought as Jaysong stopped at the first checkpoint. <br> "This is the ScorchClan border. You are to never cross it, you hear me? ScorchClan is known to be selfish, greedy, and bloodthirsty. About half are born rogues, and the other half are cats who traveled countless miles from a rogue Clan called BloodClan. The only reason WaterClan isn't dead and taken over by ScorchClan is because we have almost three times as my cats as they do. When rogues from BloodClan came to join ScorchClan, the Clan destroyed GrassClan and StoneClan, our former fellow Clans. The survivors came to join us in WaterClan. We were the last Clan ScorchClan was going to attack, but by the time the ambush came, they knew it was no hope. We had too many cats. Actually, we have a normal amount. They're the ones with a puny Clan. Let's move on." Her speech sent chills down Winterpaw's spine. <br> "Yes, let's." <p> The rest of the tour was nothing special. Just a bunch of rivers. Dirtpaw and Hazelpaw came bounding up when Jaysong and Winterpaw came back from the tour. <br> "How'd it go?" Dirtpaw asked. Hazelpaw whispered something in her brother's ear. Winterpaw could just barely hear the words. <br> "I don't wanna hang around this albino. Let's go." Dustpaw gave a sad wave of his tail ad fled with his sister. Winterpaw opened her jaw in shock. *Are you just gonna let your sister control your life?* she thought. Now another pair of siblings, Foxpaw and Lilypaw greeted her. <br> "Ignore Hazelpaw," Lilypaw muttered, glancing back at the hazel she-cat. <br> "Yea, those two aren't the nicest cats in camp," Foxpaw added. *Those /two/? But it was only Hazelaw being rude, not Dirtpaw. Is he trying to put a bad perspective of Dirtpaw on me?* <br> "Yea," was all she could think to say. <br> "Hey, let's get some food!" Foxpaw piped up. The thought of a simple mouse made Winterpaw's belly rumble, reminding her that she hasn't eaten all day. Ripplestar wasn't there this time. Instead, Harepaw was picking at a half-eaten trout. <br> "Here, wanna finish?" The gray-brown she-cat sighed. <br> "I'm stuffed." <br> "Sure! Thanks." Winterpaw began to wolf down the rabbit, glancing up to see Foxpaw with a plump water vole in his jaws facing Winterpaw, but he tured away sadly and ate his vole by himself. *Was he looking to share?* But she ignored him. Her mind was already too busy -Reflections