JFK Speechwriter Signs Off at 82

By Andrew Ivey | Public Speaking

Nov 01

Theodore Sorensen the eminent speechwriter for John F. Kennedy has died at the age of 82. With his death goes a living link with the Kennedy administration.

Sorensen served John F Kennedy for many years, beginning in 1953 when the young Kennedy was a Massachusetts senator. Designated a “Special Counsel,” he quickly became the President’s chief speechwriter in the White House.

It was Sorensen who was credited with John F. Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural speech. Though, in his own estimation, it was his drafting of the President’s personal letter to Nikita Kruschev of Russia during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 that was his finest moment.

In 2008 Sorensen was interviewed about his years of service. He described his 11 years with John F. Kennedy as the most  interesting, challenging and useful years of his life. He added…he didn’t get much sleep. That’s the life of a President’s speechwriter.

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