CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1988
I wonder if anyone besides myself finds it disgusting and deplorable that Presidents and presidential candidates have their speeches written by other people? If a candidate for the highest office in the land isn't capable of writing his own speech, why on earth are we putting him (or her) in office? Are they expressing their views, their thoughts, their decisions, their ideas, or Peggy Noonan's or Kenneth Khachigian's? No one wrote Lincoln's speeches and he managed. Let's see if any of these ghostwriters can top the Gettysburg Address.
February 7, 2012 |
"I'd like to thank …" Those four words should appear in 99.9% of all speeches given on Oscar night. But not every speech has to be a rote list of individual names following that opening. As many winners have proved over the years, the Oscar acceptance can be a genuine outpouring of joy, full of off-the-cuff personal moments, or a chance to get on a soapbox. Who can forget the indelible moments - for better or worse - created by Sally Field, Cuba Gooding Jr., Marlon Brando surrogate Sacheen Littlefeather or one-arm pushup king Jack Palance as they accepted their trophies?
September 11, 2009 |
The cable TV channels fired their screeching engines hours in advance. A "Health Care Make or Break Moment" screamed a CNN headline. Countdown clocks at Fox and MSNBC ticked inexorably toward 00:00, the moment when President Obama would face down a joint session of Congress. This had to be really, really big, I learned all day Wednesday from the excitable people on cable TV -- a speech that likely would determine the fate of healthcare reform and, perhaps, the Obama presidency.
September 14, 2007
Excerpts of President Bush's speech as prepared for delivery Thursday night: -- The surge The premise of our strategy is that securing the Iraqi population is the foundation for all other progress. For Iraqis to bridge sectarian divides, they need to feel safe in their homes and neighborhoods. For lasting reconciliation to take root, Iraqis must feel confident that they do not need sectarian gangs for security.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1996
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan is scheduled to deliver the commencement address Saturday at Loyola Marymount University. Administrators will present Riordan with an honorary doctorate of humane letters during the ceremony. The honorary degree is in recognition of Riordan's humanitarian and charitable activities, said Norm Schneider, spokesman for Loyola. Riordan has been a friend of the school for a number of years--in fact, there is an internship program named for him, Schneider said.
June 5, 2009 |
As a presidential candidate, Barack Obama left some fuzzy edges to his biography. He affirmed strong support for Israel but implied a strong empathy for Palestinians. His personal story played up his introduction to the black church, leaving his father's Islamic roots in the shadows. It was a narrative designed to ease any voter concern about Obama's background and counter false Internet rumors that he was a Muslim.