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A conversation with Cody Keenan, former Director of Speechwriting for President Obama

A conversation with Cody Keenan, former Director of Speechwriting for President Obama

In this edition of What’s at Stake, Penta Senior Director Rebeca Buck and Managing Director Michael LaRosa sit down with Cody Keenan, former Director of Speechwriting for President Obama and author of “Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America.”

Cody speaks about his experiences in the Obama White House during some of the administration’s most pivotal days. Ten days in particular saw several historic moments unfold, including the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, and landmark Supreme Court decisions on marriage equality and the Affordable Care Act. Cody draws connections from President Obama’s style to those of President Biden and others.

Cody also shares advice for aspiring speechwriters and political operatives. How do you keep it together when the leader of the free world is your boss? And what was it like to write some of President Obama’s most memorable speeches? Tune in to find out.

Check out Cody Keenan’s new book here.

Read more about Cody here.