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A well-informed source has told me that I erred when I speculated that the speech George W. Bush delivered in Jackson Square in New Orleans on September 15 was the product of former chief speechwriter Michael Gerson.

It was, I am told, a collaborative product, as most of Bush's speeches have been. Gerson worked on it, as he has on some of the president's other major speeches, but so did current chief speechwriter Bill McGurn, deputy chief speechwriter John McConnell, and others. Of course it bears most of all the imprint of Bush himself, who reportedly tells the speechwriters pretty much what he wants to say and actively edits multiple drafts until he gets what he wants.