An interview earlier this year with Yehuda Avner, who wrote for five Israeli prime ministers, is full of much heady commentary, about Avner’s heady career, but it contains this exchange that sums up the speechwriter’s lot succinctly:
Q. Are there cases, crucial points, where you felt, “I really made a difference”?
A. There are such cases. Very, very few, but I can’t talk about them.