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10 things you might not know about speeches

10 things you might not know about speeches

President Barack Obama and speechwriter Cody Keenan, a Chicago native, were praised for the president's address after the Arizona shootings. Next comes Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday. Here are 10 things to talk about: 1. Sometimes a long speech can be a good thing. In 1912, presidential candidate Teddy Roosevelt was about to talk in Milwaukee when a would-be assassin shot him. The bullet went through TR's coat, his eyeglass case and the speech itself — 50 pages on heavy paper, folded once. The slowed-down bullet cracked one of TR's ribs but wounded him only slightly. Making sure the audience saw his bloodied shirt, Roosevelt gave the entire speech. ...

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