Address America: Six-Word Stump Speech Slam (Canceled)

Address American: Six-Word SlamMonday, October 29, 2012, 6:30 p.m.

This event has been canceled due to Hurricane Sandy.

For months, President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have been on the campaign trail delivering competing visions of our nation through stump speeches. On the eve of the general election, the National Constitution Center and SMITH Magazine welcome several notable writers, performers, and other movers and shakers in the arts and culture community to offer their take on politics in America, starting with just six words and followed by colorful and entertaining backstories. At the conclusion of the show, the audience is invited to share their own political platforms in an exciting Six-Word Stump Speech Slam.

Plus, a cash bar and movie snacks will be available!

Participants Include:

  • Jane Golden, Executive Director for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
  • Jehmu Greene, political commentator and Fox News contributor
  • Karen Gross, cabaret singer, songwriter, comedienne
  • Mark Katz, humorist and Clinton White House speechwriter
  • Pierre Robert, WMMR-FM radio host
  • Joey Sweeney, Co-founder and Editor of

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What is a stump speech?

This standard political speech dates back to the 1800s, when candidates stood on sawed-off tree stumps to deliver their messages to a crowd. Today, because they are always speaking to different audiences, candidates use the stump speech to keep their ideas focused and consistent. Learn more.

Here are stump speeches from past presidential hopefuls:

“Extend governmental power to secure liberty.”
-Theodore Roosevelt, 1912

“It’s special interests against the people.”
-Harry S. Truman, 1948

“Federal government is overgrown and overweight.”
-Ronald Reagan, 1980

“Opportunity for all, responsibility from all.”
-Bill Clinton, 1996

Enter your six words at, and share them with your fellow citizens live at the Center on October 29.



Advance reservations recommended; call 215.409.6700 or order online. Please note that this program is subject to change; call the National Constitution Center or check our website for updated information. National Constitution Center programs begin promptly and latecomers may not be admitted.

Please check back soon for parking information.

This event is presented in collaboration with SMITH Magazine, home of the Six Word Memoir® project.

This project was supported by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, a worldwide network of historic sites, museums, and initiatives dedicated to remembering past struggles and addressing their contemporary legacies. Learn more at

Marketing support from Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.

This event is part of Election 2012, the Center’s yearlong programming series on the key issues facing Americans during this important election year.




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