Joe Biden sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. But Biden’s inaugural speech had an Indian Connection! Meanwhile, when the entire world will be waiting to hear the new US President’s inaugural address, people in a remote village in Telangana will cherish the moment, for Biden’s speechwriter is an Indian-American who has his roots here.

Biden’s speech writer is Indian-American Vinay Reddy.

Vinay Reddy is an Indian-American speechwriter and political advisor and who is the incoming White House Director of Speechwriting. He was chief speechwriter to Joe Biden during his second term as vice president.

Vinay’s father Narayana Reddy migrated to the US in 1970 after completing MBBS from Hyderabad. During the Obama-Biden Administration, he also served as senior speechwriter at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services, deputy speechwriter for the Obama-Biden reelection campaign, and speechwriter for his home state Senator, Sherrod Brown of Ohio.

Vinay Reddy was born and raised in Ohio, while his family hails from Telangana’s Pothireddypeta village in Karimnagar. At present, Vinay lives in New York, with wife and two daughters.

The Office of Speechwriting is a presidential department in the White House, responsible for researching and writing the President’s speeches.

The inaugural address has been a tradition since George Washington became the first President on April 30, 1789. In his first inaugural address, he referred to the “sacred fire of liberty” and a “new and free government”. For his second term in 1793, Washington’s speech of 135 words remains the shortest ever. William Henry Harrison’s speech in 1841 was the longest at 8,455 words; it lasted two hours.

 

 

 

 

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