One more bit, for now, on Ted Sorensen. In a fine send-off in the Guardian, veteran speechwriter Ed Vilade quotes Sorensen’s autobiography:
The right speech on the right topic delivered by the right speaker in the right way at the right moment … can ignite a fire, change men’s minds, open their eyes, alter their votes, bring hope to their lives, and, in all these ways, change the world. I know. I saw it happen.
“No, Ted, you helped it happen,” Vilade adds, “as well as anyone ever has.”