Speechwriting Words alone unlikely to help Obama, veteran speechwriters say Facing worsening economic figures, a plummeting approval rating, and steadfast opposition on the right, Obama may not offer much beyond good intentions in tonight’s speech. By Matt WilsonSept. 8, 2011 SHARE To read the full story, log in. Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content. Sign up today Already a member? Log in here. Learn more about Ragan Insider.