Theodore Sorensen

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JFK Speechwriter Theodore Sorensen Dies

'Ask not' poetic knight of Camelot helped shape history

(Newser) - The man who crafted among the most compelling speeches of political history for President John F. Kennedy has died. Theodore Sorensen, 82, passed away in a Manhattan hospital following a stroke. He was the last poetic knight of Camelot, the youngest top official in the White House who served as... More »

5 Myths of JFK-Nixon Debate

Fifty years ago, the first televised presidential debate

(Newser) - Fifty years ago today, John F Kennedy and Richard Nixon faced off in the first televised presidential debate in US history. The upstart Kennedy came off as cool and collected, while the vice president sweated under glaring TV lights—a result that many say eventually won Kennedy the hard-fought contest.... More »

Speechwriter Obama Gets Competitive

Inaugural address pressure is on, but Lincoln may help

(Newser) - Barack Obama has nearly completed his inaugural address, and he's uniquely qualified to take on a seemingly insurmountable challenge: living up to the example set by the likes of Abraham Lincoln and John Kennedy. "I would think we would hear the most eloquent speech since JFK’s 48... More »

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