Analogies. They are one of the great speech writing building blocks for busy speech writers. And when you write speeches for the President of the United States you need some help with the relentless output.
Fortunately the President’s work load throws up all sorts of speech writing opportunities.
That was certainly the case with the speech that the President gave in the Smith Electric Vehicles factory in Kansas City last week. Taking a cue from the plant’s electric vehicle manufacturing line, the President’s speech writer linked the building of electric vehicles to the building of the economy and the building of the “green” economy. Cleverly done.
“But the reason I’m here today is because, at this plant, you’re doing more than just building new vehicles.Â You are helping to fight our way through a vicious recession and you are building the economy of America’s future.”
The “green” economy was presented as “the economy of America’s future.” Let there be no doubt.
This useful analogy then allowed the President’s speech to take in the whole of the economic picture and the efforts made to re-vitalise the US economy. It also allowed him to incorporate further links to the green economy.
“But what you are proving hereâ€“each and every one of you who work here at Smith Electricâ€“is the promise of a brighter future.Â What you’re proving is that if we hold fast to that spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation that’s always defined America, we’re not just going to emerge from this period of turmoil, we’re going to emerge stronger than we were before.
You’re proving that as long as we keep on moving forward, nobody can stop us.Â And for that I want to thank you.Â You are setting a model for what we need to be doing all across the country.”
When it comes to finishing your speech, there really is no better way to work the crowd than a vision of the future. It was a well-worked analogy for the occasion.