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The Evolving American Presidency

Why Presidential Speech Locations Matter

Analyzing Speechmaking from Truman to Obama

Authors: O'Brien, Shannon Bow

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  • Analyzes data on White House communication strategies over 70 years from Truman to Obama through the lens of geographic speech locations
  • Shows how presidents make choices about where to go, how those choices change across time and context, and the impact of those choices upon their presidency
  • Shows how some presidents like Nixon spent about half his presidency at vacation locations while Obama barely spent any time at all
  • Appeals to scholars and students of Political Science, Communication, History, and American Studies
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This book explores speeches by American presidents. Domestic public presidential speechmaking helps us understand the pressures, priorities, and targeted audiences of different presidencies.  Many administrations generally work to reinforce already existing support though some may try to reach out to new areas.  Census areas help us better understand where presidents prioritize speeches in certain areas of the country. Designated Market Areas, or media markets, allow us to look at presidential speechmaking without geographical constraints and focus on areas of population concentrations.  Electoral College results show that most administrations prefer to give speeches in places where they have the most electoral support to reinforce their bases. The chapter on vacation locations explores how some presidents use Camp David or their homes as places to actively speak, while some administrations just use them as retreats. Foreign speeches allow us to see that most presidents prefer to speak in openly free countries more than other places.

About the authors

Shannon Bow O'Brien is a Lecturer in the Government Department at the University of Texas at Austin, USA.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Why Presidential Speech Locations Matter
Book Subtitle
Analyzing Speechmaking from Truman to Obama
Authors
Series Title
The Evolving American Presidency
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-78136-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-78136-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-78135-8
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08622-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 208
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