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If the level of discourse in American life has suffered - it may be time to listen to what's coming from the oval office. The presidential speech has devolved from college-level, to something that might be right for an 8th grade assembly - at least according to our guest, Elvin Lim.
The Wesleyan professor's new book, The Anti-Intellectual Presidency, looks at how Presidential rhetoric has declined over the years - into a series of uninformative sound bites - meant for partisan applause lines - not to lead and move a nation.
We'll talk about how presidents from Eisenhower to Clinton carefully avoided speech that might make them sound "elite" - and how some presidents - the current one comes to mind - actually revel in an "anti-intellectual" approach to governing.
We'll also be joined by David Frum - the former Bush Administration speechwriter will talk about the role of "behind the scenes" writers in crafting a presidential message.
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