Being a political speechwriter is a tough job. Essentially you have to trumpet someone else's beliefs whether or not you happen to agree. For Stephen Krupin who served as a speechwriter for former president Barak Obama, he found his morals, his beliefs, his very sense of common decency compromised.
What was the assignment? Writing a congratulatory speech for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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It is traditional for sports teams who win championships to visit the White House. As the 2016 Stanley Cup champions, the Penguins got their chance to visit with President Obama in October. The president needed a speech for the event and that task fell to Krupin.
What would normally be a fun assignment was more difficult and painful for Krupin who is a lifelong Capitals fan. He wrote about the ordeal for The Washington Post in a column that ran on Thursday.
I’m a lifelong Capitals fan, raised on long drives to Landover and long offseasons. I revere Rod Langway, Steve Konowalchuk and Nicklas Backstrom, and believe goalie masks peaked with Donnie Beaupre’s. At the grocery store, I can’t pass the biscuits, peanut butter or face wash without hearing Craig Laughlin’s distinctive voice in my head.
Of course, to love the Caps is to live in a persistent state of anxiety. We know that a three-games-to-one lead in the playoffs is more curse than blessing, and we watch overtime periods through our fingers. No team is more responsible for our inferiority complex than the Pittsburgh Penguins, who’ve had our number eight of the nine times we’ve met them in the postseason. To love the Caps, then, is also to hate the Pens.
Check out the full story here from The Washington Post.