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The Anti-Intellectual PresidencyThe Decline of Presidential Rhetoric from George Washington to George W. Bush$
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Elvin T. Lim

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195342642

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342642.001.0001

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Institutionalizing the Anti-Intellectual Presidency

Institutionalizing the Anti-Intellectual Presidency

(p.77) 5 Institutionalizing the Anti-Intellectual Presidency
The Anti-Intellectual Presidency

Elvin T. Lim

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the evolution of the White House speechwriting function to show how the institutionalization of speechwriting has altered its output. It also explores the developmental trajectory of the White House speechwriting office from a one-man operation to a specialized and legitimate institution within the White House as a double-edged adaptation that partially ameliorated the demands of the rhetorical presidency but augmented the anti-intellectual presidency. Then, it covers the creation and expansion of the speechwriting function and office, the legitimization of delegated speechwriting, and President Nixon's separation of speechwriting from the policymaking function in 1969.

Keywords:   anti-intellectual presidency, White House, speechwriting, institutionalization, rhetorical presidency, legitimization, President Nixon, policymaking

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