Speech, speech

Speechwriting, particularly at the presidential level, is a collaborative process in which teams of writers give and take ideas, producing copy that gets edited and...

Speechwriting, particularly at the presidential level, is a collaborative process in which teams of writers give and take ideas, producing copy that gets edited and rewritten so many times that the ultimate product is something for which no one person can take full credit.

But taking full credit is sometimes what former Bush chief speechwriter Michael Gerson -- now a Washington Post columnist – did do, at least according to an account (sub. req’d) in the most recent issue of The Atlantic by Matthew Scully, another former member of the Bush speech writing team.

The story prompted a follow-up by the Post and other outlets in which Gerson disputes Scully’s portrayal of him as self-aggrandizing and says Scully never made any such complaints to him.

Incidentally, The Atlantic this month also has an article on the legacy of Karl Rove, who has just announced he will be leaving his post as Bush's chief strategist. Bush will remain president, however, according to sources.

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