Zach Wahls: Background and Accomplishments (02:09)
College student Zach Wahls gained national attention after his brief appeal to the Iowa House of Representatives in favor of gay marriage went viral. The former high school debater's speech is modest, the writing and delivery excellent.
Zach Wahls: Speech in Defense of Gay Marriage (03:03)
College student Zach Wahls delivers a brief, personal appeal to the Iowa House of Representatives in favor of gay marriage.
Julia Gillard: Background and Accomplishments (02:51)
After a series of natural disasters in Australia in 2011, Prime Minister Julia Gillard's emotional speech gained international acclaim. A skilled speaker, she led the country in mourning, using repetition near the end to build an emotional response.
Julia Gillard: 2011 Speech on Natural Disasters (17:53)
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard speaks about the natural disasters that devastated the country in the summer of 2011.
Robert Gates: Biography and Accomplishments (02:39)
Robert Gates combined humor with serious political content in a commencement speech that was better than anticipated. He claims the country cannot withdraw from the world, that our lives will be defined by our response to new challenges.
Robert Gates: 2011 Notre Dame Commencement Address (15:14)
Defense Secretary Robert Gates delivers the commencement address at Notre Dame.
Barack Obama: Background (02:22)
On May 1, 2011, President Obama confirmed the death of Osama Bin Laden in a 10-minute address. Known as an outstanding speaker, he doesn't take credit for the event, and is careful to stress that the U.S. is not at war with the Muslim world.
Barack Obama: "Bin Laden is Dead" Speech (09:17)
Barack Obama announces the death of terrorist Osama Bin Laden on May 1, 2011.
John F. Kennedy: Background (03:04)
After consulting with his advisers, President Kennedy announced the discovery of missile sites in Cuba. This critical national address targeted several audiences, compounding its content. Kennedy outlines the danger and the U.S. response.
John F. Kennedy: Cuban Missile Crisis Speech (17:47)
John F. Kennedy delivers a televised address announcing the discovery of missile sites in Cuba, and detailing the planned American response.
Credits: Great Speeches, Volume 26: Zach Wahls, Julia Gillard, Robert Gates, Barack Obama, and John F. Kennedy (00:33)
Credits: Great Speeches, Volume 26: Zach Wahls, Julia Gillard, Robert Gates, Barack Obama, and John F. Kennedy
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