FROM Barton Swaim
The Not So Glamorous Life of a Political Speechwriter What's it like to write speeches for an American politician? We hear from a writer who calls it a horrible experience…that he wouldn't trade for the world. Barton Swaim was an English major in college who couldn't come up with a job in academia. Then he heard that the Governor South Carolina needed a speechwriter. Now he's author of The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics .
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