One of the joys (sarcastically speaking, of course) of writing about politics is the necessity of listening to the speeches of their national conventions. These carefully crafted efforts have often become the launching pads for future political careers, as well as defining moments in elections, and as such these opportunities are carefully awarded.
First Lady Michelle Obama, understanding that being is more than seeking, used her slightly greater status to give us about 3034 well-chosen words on her and her husband's behalf. (Though perhaps such length had to do with the fact that even after 3-1/2 years in office, we know less about her husband than about any other person on the planet.)
- Ronald Reagan's 1987 “Tear Down This Wall” speech … 2672 words.
- The Declaration of Independence … 1458 words.
- John F Kennedy's 1960 “Ask not ...” Inaugural Address … 1364 words.
- George Washington's first Inaugural Address … 463 words.
- And what is often conceded as the finest piece of Presidential rhetoric ever publicly delivered, Abraham Lincoln's “Gettysburg Address” … 246 words.