I was recently listening to a fascinating conversation between Bill Kristol and Steven Hayward on Ronald Reagan and the conservative movement (you can watch that conversation here). In the middle of that conversation, Hayward suggests there were 4 great political speeches that launched a candidate to the White House (one failed to win the White House). Those candidates were Abraham Lincoln, William Jennings Bryan, Ronald Reagain, and Barack Obama. I found the idea a fascinating one and want to pass along the four speeches that launched these four men to the executive branch.
Abraham Lincoln - Cooper Union (February 27, 1860)
William Jennings Bryan - Cross of God (July 9, 1896)
Ronald Reagan - A Time for Choosing (October 27, 1964)
Barack Obama - 2004 Democratic National Convention (
July 27, 2004)