John McConnell

Speechwriting for the President: Tales from the Trenches

John McConnell

Talk: Speechwriting for the President: Tales from the Trenches

A senior speechwriter for President George W. Bush, John McConnell was part of the three-person team responsible for all of the 43rd President’s major addresses, including the Joint Session of Congress after September 11, 2001 and four State of the Union Messages. He also co-authored eulogies by President Bush and Vice President Cheney for President Ronald Reagan, the Space Shuttle Columbia, and at the National Cathedral in Washington. McConnell visits the Mountain View office to share his personal anecdotes from his time working in the Bush administration, he talks about the intricacies of the White House speechwriting process, and he offers practical strategies and tips for effective public speaking.

John Mcconnell

John served all eight years of the Bush-Cheney administration, holding the unique position of both Deputy Assistant to the President and Assistant to the Vice President. Previously he had worked as a speechwriter for Vice President Dan Quayle and Senator Bob Dole, and traveled extensively with both during national campaigns. He has visited more than 30 countries on Air Force One and Air Force Two.