A speech is made great, not from the words used, but from the ideas conveyed. If the ideas, principles and values and substance of the speech are great, then it's going to be a great speech, even if the words are pedestrian. The words can be soaring, beautiful and eloquent but if the ideas are flat, empty or mean, it's not a great speech. Ted Sorensen
One of the great talents of American politics has left us.
Excerpted from Ted Sorensen dies: JFK's speechwriter was 82 By Emma Brown, The Washington Post, October 31, 2010; 3:40 PM ET
Ted Sorensen, who served as President John F. Kennedy's adviser and primary speechwriter, died today at New York Presbyterian Hospital of complications from a stroke he suffered last week. He was 82.
Mr. Sorensen was instrumental in helping write "Profiles in Courage," the 1956 book for which Kennedy won a Pulitzer Prize. He later became part of the president's inner circle, helping craft Kennedy's national addresses as well as his delicate correspondence with Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev during the Cuban Missile Crisis.