Former Presidential Speechwriter Shares His Experiences

Craig Smith, author of Confessions of a Presidential Speechwriter to speak at Wooster on Oct. 26

12 October, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio – Craig Smith, director emeritus of the Center for First Amendment Studies at California State University Long Beach, and author of Confessions of a Presidential Speechwriter, will present “Speech Writing for Presidents” on Monday, Oct. 26, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.).

A well-known rhetorical scholar and a former speechwriter for Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, as well as Lee Iacocca, Smith also worked for CBS News during the Walter Cronkite era. He is the founder and former president of the Freedom of Expression Foundation, and recently published his memoir, Confessions of a Presidential Speechwriter, which details this journey in politics.

Smith’s lecture is sponsored by the Departments of Communication, Political Science, History, English, and Women’s Gender & Sexuality Studies. Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2030) or e-mail.