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Acknowledgments The chapters in this volume were first presented at the tenth annual conference on presidential rhetoric held at Texas A&M University’s Presidential Conference Center, March 4–7, 2004. The conference was sponsored by the Program in Presidential Rhetoric, a research arm of the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University. As the director of the 2004 conference, I am grateful for financial and logistical support from several departments and units at Texas A&M University, notably the Department of Communication and the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. In addition, the Program in Presidential Rhetoric was supported by financial gifts from Linda and Herman Giesen of Dallas, Texas, and Clementine and Emil Ogden of College Station, Texas. While planning the conference, I was fortunate to have the help of my colleagues at Texas A&M, including Kurt Ritter, Leroy Dorsey, Jennifer Mercieca, and Rick Rigsby. Martin J. Medhurst, now at Baylor University, provided the vision and leadership that made this conference possible for ten years. I especially thank my conference assistant Paul Stob, now a doctoral candidate at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, for his sheer wizardry in helping organize the details for the 2004 conference, and my current research assistant Yogita Sharma, for helping complete the manuscript. As always, the Texas A&M University Press was a model of professionalism and efficiency. Special thanks to Mary Lenn Dixon, without whom this series would not have been possible, and to Sally Antrobus, for her expert copyediting. The volume is dedicated to two men who died shortly after the conference: Herman Giesen, long-time supporter of the Program in Presidential Rhetoric, and Ted J. Smith III, professor of Communication at Virginia Commonwealth University, whose tragically early death deprived our field of one of its most eloquent conservative voices. James Arnt Aune The Prospect of Presidential Rhetoric part 1 Readings in Presidential Rhetoric g ...


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