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Whose Line Is It? Rhetoric andRepresentation in the White House
Unformatted Document Text:  Ghosts in the Machine: Rhetoric and Representation in the White House Ken Collier Stephen F. Austin State University Box 13045 SFA Station Nacogdoches, Texas 75962 ## email not listed ## www.kencollier.org Prepared for presentation at the Midwest Political Science Association Meetings Chicago, Illinois • April 2004 Abstract Using multiple drafts of presidential addresses from the archives of the Kennedy and Ford presidential libraries, this paper tracks changes inpresidential rhetoric as these speeches work their way through the White Housestaffing process. Rod Harts DICTION software is used to generate quantitativescores that track changes to draft speeches over time. This study suggests that the speechwriting process is a unique window on the struggle for power within the presidency. This struggle extends beyond thepersonalities of White House staff and the partisan or bureaucratic interestsrepresented by the various offices within the Executive Office of the President.The battle over presidential rhetoric is also a struggle between the roles of theoffice described by Edward Corwin and Clinton Rossiter.

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Ghosts in the Machine:
Rhetoric and Representation in the White House
Ken Collier
Stephen F. Austin State University
Box 13045 SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962
## email not listed ##
www.kencollier.org
Prepared for presentation at the
Midwest Political Science Association Meetings
Chicago, Illinois • April 2004
Abstract
Using multiple drafts of presidential addresses from the archives of the
Kennedy and Ford presidential libraries, this paper tracks changes in
presidential rhetoric as these speeches work their way through the White House
staffing process. Rod Harts DICTION software is used to generate quantitative
scores that track changes to draft speeches over time.
This study suggests that the speechwriting process is a unique window on
the struggle for power within the presidency. This struggle extends beyond the
personalities of White House staff and the partisan or bureaucratic interests
represented by the various offices within the Executive Office of the President.
The battle over presidential rhetoric is also a struggle between the roles of the
office described by Edward Corwin and Clinton Rossiter.


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