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Obama speechwriter departing White House
LATimes ^ | September 30, 2011 | Peter Nicholas

Posted on 10/01/2011 6:07:39 AM PDT by maggief

One of the young wordsmiths behind President Obama’s oratory is leaving the administration, a crack in a close-knit speechwriting team that helped propel Obama to the White House and has played a major role in shaping his words ever since.

Adam Frankel is leaving to become executive director of Digital Promise, a new nonprofit group that will explore ways technology can be used to strengthen education.

“I worked with the president on a lot of his education speeches,’’ Frankel said in an interview Friday. “So I was thinking about what I want to do and I realized that I wanted to see if I could have some kind of impact in education.’’

Frankel, 30, was part of the original core of campaign wunderkinds led by Jon Favreau and Ben Rhodes who toiled on speeches as Obama slogged his way past Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primaries. Today is his last day.

At the White House, Frankel’s forte was speeches that involved issues of morality and history. When Obama would be called on to give a eulogy, the assignment often fell to Frankel.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: adamfrankel; digitalpromise; obama; opensociety; soros; speechwriter; taxdollars; totus
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1 posted on 10/01/2011 6:07:41 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

I’ll wait until Ubama leaves our White House before I’ll do any celebrating.


2 posted on 10/01/2011 6:08:57 AM PDT by Howie66 (I can see November (2012) from my house.)
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To: maggief
Obama speechwriter departing White House

I guess it's a hard job, writing I, me, my, mine.

3 posted on 10/01/2011 6:09:57 AM PDT by MamaTexan (I am ~Person~ as created by the Law of Nature, not a 'person' as created by the laws of Man)
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To: maggief

Bye Bye


4 posted on 10/01/2011 6:11:31 AM PDT by Zakeet (If it ain't broke, the Wee Wee will fix it until it is)
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To: MamaTexan

There is only just so much fiction one guy can crank out...


5 posted on 10/01/2011 6:13:05 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter
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To: MamaTexan

6 posted on 10/01/2011 6:13:18 AM PDT by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: MamaTexan

Or “The rich must pay their fair share” over and over and over and over.


7 posted on 10/01/2011 6:13:39 AM PDT by GrandJediMasterYoda (Mark Halperin - Learned the hard way what happens when you speak the truth on PMSNBC.)
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To: MamaTexan
I guess it's a hard job, writing I, me, my, mine.

Its all in the delivery. The smug look is the most important part.

8 posted on 10/01/2011 6:13:47 AM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: maggief

“Speechwriter”?

More like TelePrompTer programmer.


9 posted on 10/01/2011 6:14:37 AM PDT by Mobties (Let the markets work! Reduce the government's footprint!)
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To: maggief

I guess he knows that he won’t have a job come Nov 2012 so is leaving the criminal in the white house..


10 posted on 10/01/2011 6:15:01 AM PDT by PLD
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To: maggief

Mr. Frankel is smart enough to know he should jump from the sinking ship before the rest of the rat pack drowns November 2012.


11 posted on 10/01/2011 6:15:07 AM PDT by NautiNurse ("This Is Hermain Cain!" has moved up to #150 in Amazon books. Release date: Oct 4)
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To: maggief

“...Frankel’s forte was speeches that involved issues of morality and history.”

If he is the one responsible for the numerous historical errors made by Obama...he definitely should NOT be going into educational work. He needs to BE educated.

As for morality, it seems that the entire administration of Obama has a severe lack in that department!


12 posted on 10/01/2011 6:15:21 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: maggief

Dear leader says: “I think I’m a better speech writer than my speech writers,”

No need for this jamoke!


13 posted on 10/01/2011 6:16:10 AM PDT by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: maggief

“a new nonprofit group that will explore ways technology can be used to strengthen education.”

Give every kid a teleprompter?


14 posted on 10/01/2011 6:17:10 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: PLD

Oh quite the contrary.
The project was actually authorized in 2008 by law, and should be receiving money from the U.S. Department of Education as well as a variety of philanthropies, reported The Hill.


15 posted on 10/01/2011 6:17:47 AM PDT by VaRepublican (I would propagate taglines but I don't know how. But bloggers do.)
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To: maggief

You ever wonder why Obama’s speeches seem so immature? This is why.


16 posted on 10/01/2011 6:17:51 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: maggief
One of the young wordsmiths behind President Obama’s oratory is leaving the administration, a crack in a close-knit speechwriting team that helped propel Obama to the White House and has played a major role in shaping his words ever since.

His words are shapeless, and by design. I'd be embarrassed to a PR flunky of his.

17 posted on 10/01/2011 6:18:21 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Barack suffers from ADD -- "Additional Deficit Disorder".)
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To: maggief

Is this the “eat your peas” guy, or the “pass the bill now” guy?


18 posted on 10/01/2011 6:19:00 AM PDT by almcbean
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To: maggief

Ran out of ways to say Bush’s Fault.

Pray for America


19 posted on 10/01/2011 6:20:35 AM PDT by bray (Sarah is hated by the establishment of both Parties. Winner!)
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To: maggief
But...But....

Will he still be "perfectly clear"?

...Or is he gonna have some smudges on that?

20 posted on 10/01/2011 6:22:36 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: maggief

I wonder how often we hit the mute button on his speeches in our home?


21 posted on 10/01/2011 6:24:01 AM PDT by MulberryDraw (Anyone see the democrat budget yet?)
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To: DouglasKC
"You ever wonder why Obama’s speeches seem so immature?"

Jon Favreau, Director of Speechwriting

22 posted on 10/01/2011 6:24:10 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

Fair-weather speech writer... thinks he can quit while he’s ahead... think again.


23 posted on 10/01/2011 6:25:02 AM PDT by Safrguns
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To: maggief

Won’t help......


24 posted on 10/01/2011 6:25:27 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: maggief
Libs love working for “non-profits” as long as they get their six-figure salaries.
25 posted on 10/01/2011 6:25:27 AM PDT by Never on my watch (WTF happened to my country?)
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To: maggief
Check this out....

Who we are

Congress made them do it.

26 posted on 10/01/2011 6:31:50 AM PDT by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: maggief
“So I was thinking about what I want to do and I realized that I wanted to see if I could have some kind of impact in education.’’

Oh, you will. A strongly negative one, no doubt.

I'd like to see the papers he grades: "Timmy, this essay has no analysis, no facts, not even any opinions. All you did was spout the same four sentences over and over for seven pages. A+!"

27 posted on 10/01/2011 6:36:16 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (Don't stop. Keep moving!)
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To: mewzilla

http://www.lessgovernment.org/2011/09/16/65/

If You Like Solyndra, You’ll Love the President’s ‘Digital Promise’

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http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/la-pn-obama-speechwriter-frankel-20110930,0,4445097.story?track=rss

He comes from a family with deep roots in Washington politics and government. His father worked for the United Nations in Washington and still does consulting work for U.N. agencies. His great uncle is former FCC Chairman Newton Minow, who in a speech gave one of the most searing indictments of television, calling it “a vast wasteland.”

Paternal grandfather Stanley Frankel wrote speeches for former Democratic presidential candidates Adlai Stevenson, Robert F. Kennedy and George McGovern. None went on to become president. So after the younger Frankel finished up a stint in Sen. John F. Kerry’s failed presidential campaign in 2004, he got some teasing from his family.


28 posted on 10/01/2011 6:41:53 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

This must be the dope that told Obozo to profess he wasn’t much for ethics.

Or was that just Obama telling the truth for once?


29 posted on 10/01/2011 6:43:10 AM PDT by dforest
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To: maggief

This likely means he’ll be on the public payroll his entire life.


30 posted on 10/01/2011 6:45:40 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Never on my watch
Libs love working for “non-profits” as long as they get their six-figure salaries.

That is SO true. I once worked for a non-profit that was absolutely infested by libs. They would all pat themselves on the back on what a good job they were doing and meanwhile they were wasting so much money, running things inefficiently and rewarding buddies with jobs. Of course 99% of their income came from state and federal sources so they didn't feel the need to actually be fiscally conservative. Basically it was like the federal government on a small scale...don't do anything that will save money or efficiency or that means the gravy train is over.

31 posted on 10/01/2011 6:45:48 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: Howie66
He is leaving to go to a new non profit, the way this group enriches themselves with disbursements of government funds. My first though is who is funding the non profit and is there a government grant.

Second, He wants to work in education, does it involve pushing the progressive agenda on to young children.

32 posted on 10/01/2011 6:46:58 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: maggief
One of the young wordsmiths behind President Obama’s oratory is leaving the administration, a crack in a close-knit speechwriting team that helped propel Obama to the White House and has played a major role in shaping his words ever since.

Is this satire? His speeches are legendary by now for their reliance on platitudes and their repetitive nature.

33 posted on 10/01/2011 6:47:28 AM PDT by relictele (Pax Quaeritur Bello)
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To: mewzilla; STARWISE; Liz; LucyT; thouworm; kcvl; Protect the Bill of Rights

“Adam Frankel is leaving to become executive director of Digital Promise”

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http://www.digitalpromise.org/about

Founded after more than a decade of effort, including a 2004 report to Congress, Digital Promise has been endorsed by virtually every major national association of educators and educational institutions, libraries, and museums. The project that gave rise to Digital Promise was launched by the Carnegie, Century, Knight, MacArthur, and Open Society foundations, ...

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“(Frankel’s) great uncle is former FCC Chairman Newton Minow,”

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http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/story/2011-09-16/digital-promise-white-house-education/50419910/1

The idea for the center — its official name is the National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies — first emerged a decade ago. A handful of foundation leaders urged former Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton Minow and former NBC News president Lawrence Grossman to create an organization that would help schools figure out how to use the Internet and other technologies to help students learn.

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http://biggovernment.com/smotley/2011/09/21/solyndra-general-motors-digital-promisethe-mythand-the-farceof-government-investment/

Then there’s Obama’s “Digital Promise.” Where the government plans to “invest” in technology for schools – largely to connect classrooms to the Internet.

(Wait…didn’t then-Vice President Al Gore – the inventor hereof – already promise we were to have done this by 2000? Indeed he did. We’re still paying phone taxes for that one.)

But is this “Digital Promise” inanity necessary? No - we have 2009 “stimulus” evidence aplenty that the government is terrible at this, too.

Where the Leviathan spent $7 billion repeatedly creating/augmenting competitors to existing private sector Internet providers. Who had invested their own money – and then had to compete against some more of their own money.

How’s that for creating uncertainty?

But the Federalies were even more – and more fundamentally – stupid.

98% of Americans have access to broadband Internet – solely via and thanks to the private sector.

(Which leads one to ponder – why is the government getting involved at all? The free market seems to be working splendiferously well.)

The remaining 2% – for the most part – live remotely. In the wilds of rural America.

There are two ways to connect to the Internet – wired-ly, and wirelessly. Wired – with the digging and laying of cable and pipe – is obviously far more expensive than is wireless. Especially so when trying to connect a single, rural abode.

So what format did the government time and again choose when engaged in their Internet “stimulus” folly?

Wired, of course.

Duh.

Those who don’t know idiocy are doomed to repeat it.


34 posted on 10/01/2011 6:50:09 AM PDT by maggief
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To: mewzilla

I see the good ol’ Open Society folks are involved.


35 posted on 10/01/2011 6:50:40 AM PDT by Anima Mundi (If you build it, they will come and take it away from you..)
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To: maggief

a 30 year old speech writer?

geez... that explains a lot of the mindless drivel

trust me all you young freepers- when you are 50 you will WISH you knew as much as you thought you did at age 30


36 posted on 10/01/2011 6:51:40 AM PDT by Mr. K (Palin/Bachman 2012- unbeatable ticket~!!!)
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To: DouglasKC
Writing is HARD!!!!

Obama said something was hard the other day...it was something like what Barbie says.."Math is Hard"!

37 posted on 10/01/2011 6:51:40 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: maggief
...a new nonprofit group that will explore ways technology can be used to strengthen education.

Translation: get grants to find new ways to leverage new technologies to further indoctrinate children in liberal orthodoxy.

38 posted on 10/01/2011 6:54:08 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Ann Archy
Obama said something was hard the other day...it was something like what Barbie says.."Math is Hard"!

"Ethics is hard!"....I'll bet.

39 posted on 10/01/2011 6:54:34 AM PDT by DouglasKC
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To: Starboard

See post #34.


40 posted on 10/01/2011 6:55:41 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief
“His edits are very precise,’’ Frankel said. “He has respect for the writing process, and so his edits are very helpful. If he sees a problem with something, he’ll tell you exactly what needs to be done to fix it rather than just say, ‘There’s something wrong with this.’ ’’

Like "take off your bedroom slippers", not "take off your $200 kicks."


41 posted on 10/01/2011 6:56:29 AM PDT by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: NautiNurse

“Mr. Frankel is smart enough to know he should jump from the sinking ship before the rest of the rat pack drowns November 2012.”

Well Axelrod as much as told him they were aboard the Titanic. Doesn’t take a genius to figure out what’s going to happen next.


42 posted on 10/01/2011 6:59:42 AM PDT by Fantasywriter
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To: maggief
OMG - where is little Barry Hessein Soetoro without his ability to have the TOTUS loaded up daily??? His approval numbers truly will plummet.
43 posted on 10/01/2011 7:00:58 AM PDT by Cheerio (Barry Hussein Soetoro-0bama=The Complete Destruction of American Capitalism)
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To: maggief


44 posted on 10/01/2011 7:01:50 AM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: maggief

Explore ways technology can be used to strengthen education.
In other words, gotta work on brainwashing kids faster to become better commies.


45 posted on 10/01/2011 7:02:15 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (.a.d.y.)
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To: maggief
Great post

Another Soros funded org.

This time the propaganda is aimed at educational institutions. As Michelle Obama said, we need to rewrite our history.

46 posted on 10/01/2011 7:03:53 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: Never on my watch

“Libs love working for “non-profits” as long as they get their six-figure salaries.”

Libs love “public interest” and “government service” jobs. This makes them feel special and caring while at the same time they are pulling down big salaries that allow them to do all the elistist, chic, and avant garde things liberals love to do to set themselves apart from the unwashed masses.


47 posted on 10/01/2011 7:10:26 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: maggief

This must be the easiest job in the world. He’s been giving the same speech for 3 years now. The teleprompter is worn out.


48 posted on 10/01/2011 7:16:08 AM PDT by OrioleFan
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To: Mobties

Is he taking the “teleprompter” with him?


49 posted on 10/01/2011 7:22:47 AM PDT by spiderfern
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To: Mikey_1962

Look where he’s going! A non-profit. This guy is headed to oblivion where he belongs.


50 posted on 10/01/2011 7:31:56 AM PDT by BunnySlippers
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