See How Bill Clinton Hand-Edited His Speeches, a Lot

Mar 28, 2014 6:53pm

Bill Clinton’s presidential library has released another batch of thousands of pages of White House documents from his presidency, among them pages upon pages of speech drafts, some accompanied by handwritten notes from Clinton’s speech-writing aides, and some adorned with Clinton’s own handwriting (and labeled as such by his library).

On several of the drafts, someone has crossed out much of the text and handwritten new language next to it.

While the drafts below aren’t labeled as containing Clinton’s handwriting, Clinton biographer David Maraniss vouches that “Much of it looks like his, the upright or almost backward left-handed style. And it was definitely his style to cross out and write over so much of his speeches.”

Many of the speech drafts touched by Clinton contain sporadic notes, but in these three instances below – his 1996 Democratic National Convention nomination-acceptance speech, his 1998 State of the Union address and a 1997 speech at the University of California at San Diego – the edits were heavy and frequent.

DNC Speech Handwritten Notes 1 by ABCPolitics

SOTU Handwritten Notes by ABCPolitics

UCSD Speech Handwritten Notes by ABCPolitics

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