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Public Affairs Programs

Grace: President Obama and Ten Days in the Battle for America

A special evening with former chief White House speechwriter Cody Keenan presenting his new book, "Grace," and taking your questions.

Free with Advance Registration​
Cody Keenan Book Event Grace - Updated date and proper size

Wednesday, October 26, 2022, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate

Cody Keenan, who partnered with President Barack Obama as his speechwriter for 14 years, shares an intimate glimpse into how they co-created language to address some of the most challenging instances of recent American history, including how to address America after yet another mass shooting. Keenan also shares Obama’s innermost thoughts on race, his use that week of the one word you can’t say, and what it’s like to be edited by Obama—a relentless perfectionist–during a late-night, one-on-one writing session in the First Family’s private residence.

Cody Keenan and the Kennedy Institute are pleased to welcome visitors back to the replica Senate Chamber for a live program followed by a book signing of Grace.

This is a free program; tickets are available in advance by registering above.

Doors will open at 6pm, and seats are first come, first served.

7:00pm Program Start

8:15pm Program End

8:30pm – 9:00pm Book signing

Register Here


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Registration opens no earlier than 5:00 PM. Registration and doors close 15 minutes after the start of the program. Some seats have obstructed views. If needed, an overflow room will provide guests with a live stream of the program.


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