Speeches are the most effective way to rally people to your cause. But if you’re a politician addressing the nation on your plan for the next four years, you have to know how to appeal to people across the spectrum, and often times, you can’t do it without a little help. Kojo discovers who’s behind the scenes and what goes into crafting a great speech.
Notable Political Speeches
Before 2004, Barack Obama was hardly known outside the state of Illinois. That year he gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention that launched him from obscurity to the national stage. His abilities as an orator convinced the American people that he could be leader of the free world.
Dwight D. Eisenhower warned about the military-industrial complex in April 1953 in his "Chance for Peace" speech. As the conditions of the Cold War deepened, he likened increased military spending to stealing from the American people. It's a speech that was highly effective in its time for its imagery and relevance to the era.
Jennifer Granholm's energetic remarks at the 2012 DNC definitely revved up the crowds, but we are left to wonder: Who writes this stuff?
"It's almost like seeing one of our own tribal members being auctioned off," says a member of California's Hoopa tribe who denounced the auction during an event at the National Museum of the American Indian.
A predominantly African American community in rural Prince George's County recently filed a federal civil rights complaint in response to plans to build a third power plant in one town, and fifth in the region.
When you give to WAMU, your tax-deductible membership gift helps make possible award-winning programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and other favorites.