William Safire

William Safire (1929–2009) became an award-winning author and syndicated columnist after working as a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew. His awards included a Pulitzer Prize for one of his political columns in 1978 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2006, given by President George W. Bush. His last book, The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time (2004), was a compilation of his weekly On Language columns published in the New York Times Magazine. For the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Safire published the following essay in the Times, analyzing what the Gettysburg Address meant to Americans after 9/11.