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Cody Keenan, speechwriter for President Obama will discuss the ten most dramatic days of the presidency, when a hate-fueled massacre and looming Supreme Court decisions put the character of our country on the line, and a president’s words could bring the nation together or tear it apart.

Cody Keenan, wrote with President Barack Obama for nearly fourteen years, rising from a campaign intern in Chicago to Director of Speechwriting at the White House and Obama’s post-presidential collaborator. He’s been named the “Springsteen” of the Obama White House, Obama calls him “Hemingway,” and British GQ once listed him as one of the “35 Coolest Men under 38 (and a Half).” Cody got his start in public service as a young aide to the legendary senator Edward M. Kennedy. He holds a master’s degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Northwestern University, where he teaches a course on speechwriting.

Born in Wrigleyville, Cody finally got to write his dream speech just four days before Obama left office – one welcoming the World Champion Chicago Cubs to the White House.

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