A Presidential Historian On The Art Of The Concession Speech

Nov 7, 2018

It’s pretty easy to sound gracious in a victory speech, but it’s a bit trickier when delivering the address no candidate wants to give: the concession speech.  Be they classy or defiant, the speeches have long been a defining staple of American democracy.  In this country, winners take office and losers concede.


Presidential historian Brady Carlson has studied these addresses and gave "On Second Thought" a lesson on the art of the concession speech.  He’s author of “Dead Presidents: An American Adventure into the Strange Deaths and Surprising Afterlives of Our Nation’s Leaders.”