The Failure of Legislative Leadership: A Retrospective Study of Crafting the State of the Unions in the George H. W. Bush White House

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.29107/rr2020.2.6

Słowa kluczowe:

George H. W. Bush, orędzie, pisanie przemówień, przywództwo

Abstrakt

The analysis of the archival documents illustrates that speechwriting in the George H. W. Bush White House was decentralized and responsibility for crafting Bush Senior’s State of the Unions (SOTUs) was diffused among a team of different writers each year. George H. W. Bush would not use his SOTUs as an opportunity to assert his legislative leadership. The preferred structure of Bush Senior’s SOTU was a thematic, not a programmatic speech. The study concludes that a speechwriting process that fails to balance the ceremonial and deliberative aspects of the SOTU undermines the president’s opportunity to assert his legislative leadership.

Biogram autora

Iwona Świątczak-Wasilewska, Uniwersytet Przyrodniczo-Humanistyczny w Siedlcach Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities

Doktor nauk humanistycznych, Area and Cultural Studies, North American Studies, Helsinki University 

MA, English Philology and North American Studies, University of Tampere, Finand

Amerykanistka, anglistka, adiunkt na Uniwersytecie Przyrodniczo-Humanistycznym (UPH) w Siedlcach, współpracownik Centrum Studiów Amerykańskich Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego (2015-2016); wicedyrektor Instytutu Polonistyki i Neofilologii na UPH w Siedlcach (2018); Przewodnicząca Zespołu ds. programów studiów (2019) w Instytucie Językoznawstwa i Literaturoznawstwa w UPH. Stypendystka amerykańskich i europejskich instytucji zajmujących się ochroną prezydenckiej pamięci instytucjonalnej. Pomysłodawczyni projektu biblioteki prezydenckiej - projektu, który realizowała w Fundacji Instytut Lecha Wałęsy w latach 2012-2014. Współpracuje z intytucjami kultury w projektach polsko-amerykańskich.

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2020-07-06

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Świątczak-Wasilewska, Iwona. 2020. „The Failure of Legislative Leadership: A Retrospective Study of Crafting the State of the Unions in the George H. W. Bush White House”. "Res Rhetorica" 7 (2). https://doi.org/10.29107/rr2020.2.6.