Not Lost For Words But No Speech Transcript From Hillary

By Andrew Ivey | Speeches

May 18

It's a recurring theme. The theme of Hillary Clinton's speeches and what she gets paid for them. And it's a subject that we've discussed in an earlier post about the Hillary Clinton speeches.

But we also started talking last year with some frequency about how many of her speeches were behind closed doors.

Beyond the public record. These were not limited to the Goldman Sachs speeches. There were others.

No speech transcript for Hillary

Hillary Clinton Speech

However, the clamour for transparency about the content of the Goldman Sachs speeches isn't dying down. Because it's getting noisier. 

At the time we gave good explanations for why a speaker might choose a private public speaking engagement. It happens a lot. President George W. Bush employs similar arrangements for his public speaking.

The explanations for private public speaking include:

  • It prevents the dissemination of the speech to people who haven’t heard the speech—effectively protecting the speaker’s rights to the speech. It’s not dissimilar to a concert not being available to people who haven’t bought tickets.
  • Without public office and pending any decision to run for public office, any public dissection of a speaker's comments might prove prejudicial to a subsequent quest for public office.

Both explanations seemed fair enough at the time. And, of course, they still do.

No Speech Transcript. Just Yet

What's different of course is that now Hillary Clinton is actively seeking public office with the Democrat party nomination. 

And the problem? It's a puzzle. The Goldman Sachs speeches were made when she was a private citizen. Yes, she was undoubtedly building a war chest ready to make a run for the nomination and then for the Presidency.

But two things remain obvious. One, Hillary hadn't declared at the time. And two, most people who pay for a speech are looking for privacy. It's a private function that's being paid for with private funds. Exclusivity has a price. Respect it.

Will the story go away? No. It's the nature of the beast that once the story is out there it's going to stick around. "Getting tough on Wall Street" might be another theme on this campaign trail, and so long as it is, there's much more fun to be had with this mischief for weeks and  months ahead. In the meantime, however, there's no speech transcript.

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The Principal Trainer at training business Time to Market. Based in Oxford, I run presentation and public speaking training courses, coaching sessions and seminars throughout the UK. Andrew Ivey on Google+