A fascinating conversation with Cody Keenan on his brilliant new book, Grace, & working with President Barack Obama’s as his chief speechwriter. A spellbinding account of the ten most dramatic days of the presidency, when a hate-fueled massacre and looming Supreme Court decisions put the character of our country on the line, and a president’s words could bring the nation together or tear it apart.
Cody Keenan rose from a campaign intern in Chicago to become chief speechwriter at the White House and Barack Obama’s post-presidential collaborator. He’s been named the “Springsteen” of the Obama White House, Obama himself calls him “Hemingway,” and British GQ once named Cody one of the “35 Coolest Men under 38 (and a Half).”
Cody got his start as a young aide to the legendary senator Edward M. Kennedy before earning a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. A sought-after expert on politics, messaging, and current affairs, he is now a partner at leading speechwriting firm Fenway Strategies and teaches a popular course on political speechwriting to undergraduates at his alma mater Northwestern University.
Cody lives in New York City with his wife Kristen and their daughter Grace.
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