Ich Bin Ein Speechwriter

Political journalists of left and righ heave peen paying tribute this week to Ted Sorenson who died a few days ago.

Ted who? you might well ask. Right, I’d never heard of him either the news that he died.

Apparently he was President Kennedy’s speechwriter and a highly regarded counsellor to the Kennedy administation in the U.S.A. According to an untypically hyperbolic article in The Independent, Sorenson was “the backbone of Camelot.” (Really? I thought that was the bloke who played Victor Meldrew.

The Daily Telegraph is even more hyperbolic, saying Kennedy’s election victory in 1960 was largely down to Sorenson’s ability to find exactly the right phrase to communicate each key point.

Again we’re surprised. Could they really be talking about the man who put the line “Ich bin ein Berliner” in President Kennedy’s mouth? It means “I am a doughnut” which would have been fine for one of George W. Bush’s speeches.

9 thoughts on “Ich Bin Ein Speechwriter

  1. Never heard of him either. Americans are strange people. Who would think of calling the anti Obama lot as the ‘Tea Party’ group. What tea party? Why not the ‘coffee party’?
    How do you spot a yank? He’s one who leaves the house in the morning carrying his cup of coffee, drives with it, walks into the elevator with it and carries it into his office. It’s like a baby’s dummy–they can’t let go of it. Now a bottle of Heineken, that’s a decidedly better choice—finished before getting into the car!

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  2. Er, I assume it’s an historical allusion to the activists who made up the Boston Tea Party.

    No, I haven’t heard of him. You’re right, the infamous “Ich bin ein Berliner” speech would have been more appropriate for Dubya. Can I throw in my favourite Bush-ism? When criticizing the French and thier supposed lack of business acumen, he said “they don’t even understand the meaning of the word ‘entrepeneur'”
    Honestly, you couldn’t make it up.

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