The Speech that Made Obama President

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In 2004, a one-term senator from Illinois took the stage to deliver the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. By the time Barack Obama had finished speaking, Democrats across the country knew they had seen the future of their party.

Political speech experts featured in this episode include:

Michael A. Cohen
Author, Live From The Campaign Trail

Mario Cuomo
Former Governor of New York

Robert Lehrman
Chief Speechwriter for Vice President Gore and Professor of Speechwriting, American University

Charlton McIlwain
Professor of Communication, New York University

Jeff Shesol
Speechwriter for President Clinton and Founding Partner, West Wing Writers

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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18 COMMENTS

  1. It's hard to believe thus guy fooled so many people. In 2004 many in Illinois already knew how worthless he was as a Senator. Sadly, it would take another 8 years before people got wise to who worthless he was as a president.

  2. OBAMA is a big example to the world that is not only white people should be in top offices or president in America they need to give chance to BLACK PEOPLE too hence he or she can make the difference that's all we need.

  3. Speeches don't make a great president. They don't accomplish much of anything. Charisma isn't much of a quality and Obama wasn't much of a president.

  4. Don't be fooled again.
    Eight years of the WORST pRESIDENT IN HISTORY
    BARACK INSANE OBAMA
    United Nations Agenda 21 Puppet

  5. My father told me that Obama is great president when I was child but now I realize how he destroyed Syria,Iraq and supported Islamic jihad.

  6. Talk about the spin master. They are the most racist, bigoted people to ever occupy the White House. The reason they got elected was because of the Kool-Aid drinking progressive socialist democrats. I say they, because Michelle is part of the Hate America Blame America democrats. Remember "don't god bless America god damn America" this is how they lived, and how they represented America. I Say Good Riddance. Thank God we have a POTUS that loves this country.

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