ABOUT THE SPEECH

On July 15 1979, President Jimmy Carter addressed a nation in crisis. Mystery surrounded his plans after he spent many days in Camp David with his advisors. His mission: to address the energy crisis, unemployment, inflation and perhaps the heart of the nation’s problems: confidence. What followed was an outpouring of positive feedback and a dose of introspection from a nation that had been down on its knees.

Want to know about the relationship between the speech and the play?  Read what playwright Susan Lambert Hatem wrote about the speech.

The Real People:

Jimmy Carter

Jimmy Carter was the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981.

Rosalynn Carter

Rosalynn Carter served as First Lady of the United States from 1977 to 1981, as the wife of President Jimmy Carter.

Sarah Weddington

Sarah Weddington is an American attorney, law professor and former member of the Texas House of Representatives.

Pat Caddell

Pat Caddell is an American public opinion pollster and a political film consultant who served in the Carter White House, and in many other presidential campaigns.

Jody Powell

Jody Powell was the fourteenth White House Press Secretary during the presidency of Jimmy Carter.

Hamilton Jordan

Hamilton Jordan was Chief of Staff to President of the United States Jimmy Carter.

Hendrick Hertzberg

Hendrick Hertzberg was recruited to join Carter’s speech writing team by James Fallows.

Walter Mondale

When Jimmy Carter won the Democratic nomination for president in 1976, he chose Mondale as his Vice President to serve from 1977 – 1981.

Gerald Rafshoon

Gerald Rafshoon is an American television producer and political operative, designing the advertising and public relations campaign that helped Carter become president.