John McConnell Former Presidential Speechwriter, George W. Bush Administration
John McConnell was the senior speechwriter for both Bush and Dick Cheney during part of their national presidential campaign and during their eight-year administration. As part of a three-person speechwriting team, McConnell worked many important public presentations, including Bush’s State of the Union addresses, his eulogy for President Ronald Reagan, and his remarks about the loss of Space Shuttle Columbia.
McConnell was in Cheney’s office on September 11, 2001, when Secret Service agents hurried them off into a bomb shelter following the attack on the Pentagon. He subsequently helped write Bush’s address to the joint session of Congress following the terrorist attacks.