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I have been wondering about who did the speech-writing for Barack Obama’s Victory speech on 4 November, but somehow never got around to looking it up.

I did today, and was in for a shocker. Obama’s speech, to which Obama contributed a lot himself, was actually coordinated by Jon Favreau, a 27-year old guy with relatively little experience.

Obama has often been accused of being a little too poetic, but as a writer I can’t help but appreciate the cadence and impact of his speeches. It must take a lot to come out with exactly what you want to say and then say it with such panache.

Even though Bush did not do really well with his speeches, I find that his speechwriter Christopher Buckley seems to have the inside dope on speechwriting:

“The trick of speech-writing, if you will, is making the client say your brilliant words while somehow managing to make it sound as though they issued straight from their own soul.”

Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her literary crime thriller series, the Blue Mumbai, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency. Both The Blue Bar and The Blue Monsoon were published in 2023.

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