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Some of the great political speeches of recent history

by Mike Miner Wednesday January 13, 2010

Tonight, the Agenda will focus on what makes a great political speech, and why no Canadian leader has managed to deliver one.


Let's take a look back at some highlights of political rhetoric from recent history:


Obama's keynote address at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, where he burst on the national scene and adopted his theme of hope.



The 1994 State of the Union Address, the first delivered during a time of war in nearly twenty years. President Bush reassures the nation that the U.S. will win the war in the Persian Gulf and overcome domestic economic problems.



Ted Kennedy's euology for his brother Robert.



The inaugural address of Gerald Ford after he was elevated to president after the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. It contains the famous line, "our long national nightmare is over."



Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech from the March on Washington.


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