FACTORS POINT TO OBAMA SPEECH AS HISTORY-MAKER

Marsha Scully, Palisades at Broadmoor Park, (719) 226-2273 Tom Hutton, University Relations, (719) 255-3439, (719) 351-6519

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Most presidential inauguration speeches are easily forgotten, according to a University of Colorado at Colorado Springs professor.

But several factors, ranging from national crisis to ability to embrace new technologies, can elevate a president’s inauguration speech to one remembered for ages.

“Franklin Roosevelt is remembered because the nation was at an economic crisis and because he used a new communication tool – radio – to carry his message,” David Moon, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of political science, said. “JFK was the first to embrace television. Now, we will have a president who was a leader in the use of the Internet. The potential is there for Barack Obama’s speech to be truly memorable.”

Moon will share his insights in a speech titled “Great Beginnings? Presidential Inaugurals and Success in Office” beginning at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 19 at Palisades at Broadmoor Park, 4547 Palisades Park View. A limited number of seats are available to the public on a first-come basis. There is no charge to attend the presentation.

Moon’s presentation will be the first in a series of planned lectures at Palisades, a collaborative venture between Dunn and Associates and the university.

Palisades opened in September and features a primary care clinic, a wellness clinic, cognitive fitness, and social engagement programming with support from the university’s Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Sciences and the university’s Gerontology Center.

The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 30 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and four doctoral degrees. The campus enrolls about 8,000 students annually.