Marc Thiessen '85 Visits Taft

Author, Commentator, Presidential Speechwriter


Marc Thiessen ’85 came back to Taft this week to give a Morning Meeting talk about his experience as a writer and political commentator. Thiessen’s work has appeared in dozens of leading publications, including The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Review. He is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, and appears regularly on Fox News, CNN, the BBC, C-SPAN, and on numerous talk radio programs.


As chief speechwriter to both President George W. Bush, and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Thiessen spent eight years at the center of history. He was in the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and collaborated with Secretary Rumsfeld on all of his major speeches during the first three years of the war on terror. After moving to the White House, Thiessen worked closely with President George W. Bush on hundreds of speeches including televised addresses from the Oval Office, and most of the President’s major speeches on the war on terror during his second term. Thiessen helped the President craft his public arguments on issues ranging from defense and national security, to energy, healthcare, taxes, trade, social and economic policy.


Thiessen is a graduate of Vassar College, and completed additional post-graduate studies at the Naval War College. He is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and in 2004 was awarded the Pentagon’s highest civilian honor: The Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.


Watch Thiessen’s Morning Meeting talk here.

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