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Jon Favreau, President Obama's head speechwriter, is departing (Going to work in Hollywood )
Los Angeles Times ^ | Feb 5 2013 | By Christi Parsons

Posted on 02/05/2013 10:23:06 AM PST by NoLibZone

WASHINGTON — Jon Favreau's career took off when, at age 23, he interrupted U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama during a speech rehearsal to offer some suggestions for improvement.

That cheeky move led to a seven-year tour as Obama's lead speechwriter, an assignment that ends March 1 as Favreau considers trying his hand at another form of drama — as a screenwriter, perhaps in Los Angeles.

The departure subtracts a vivid personality from the president's operation, defined since the beginning by Obama's spoken words and the team that wrote them.

After Favreau landed in the White House four years ago, he became the most recognizable in a coterie of young staffers. Sporting aviator sunglasses and a buzz cut, he occasionally lit up social media with his antics.

PHOTOS: President Obama’s past

People magazine named him one of the world's most beautiful people. He went out with actress Rashida Jones, best known for her role in "The Office." One night, as he and some friends played a shirtless game of beer pong in Georgetown, someone snapped a photo that ended up on the blog FamousDC, with the headline: "White House Gone Wild."

But about the writing, Favreau was always serious, telling peers it was a solemn responsibility to remain in sync with the president's thinking.

"When they're working together, it's like watching two musicians riff," said David Axelrod, Obama's longtime advisor. "Jon's stamp is on all of the great speeches, from 2005 until now."

Favreau will turn over his seat to Cody Keenan, a Chicago native who is taking the lead on writing the State of the Union address. Keenan is an original member of the team of twentysomethings that Favreau assembled for a tough assignment: writing for a writer with

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TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hollywood
All the words are from some white guy.

Heading to Hollywood. Hugo Chavez is sick and not hiring.

1 posted on 02/05/2013 10:23:14 AM PST by NoLibZone
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To: NoLibZone

There’s already a Jon Favreau in Holywood:

Jon Favreau - Actor | Producer | Director

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0269463/


2 posted on 02/05/2013 10:30:41 AM PST by Jyotishi (Seeking the truth, a fact at a time.)
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To: NoLibZone

ROFLMAO!!!! Taking his skills of PROPAGANDA to the Big Screen!!!! WOO HOO!!!


3 posted on 02/05/2013 10:31:18 AM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Be the Enemy Within the Enemy Within...)
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To: NoLibZone

The guy’s been writing fiction and fantasy for years now...he should do well in Hollywood.


4 posted on 02/05/2013 10:32:11 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: NoLibZone

Did he write any of the hits, like “you didn’t build that” or “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for”? Or was it all the hiring stuff nobody gives a crap about?


5 posted on 02/05/2013 10:32:44 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: NoLibZone

Did he write any of the hits, like “you didn’t build that” or “we are the ones we’ve been waiting for”? Or was it all the boring stuff nobody gives a crap about?


6 posted on 02/05/2013 10:33:20 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: NoLibZone
Jon's stamp is on all of the great speeches, from 2005 until now."

I'm sorry, but how many of Obama's speeches can legitimately be called "great?" I cannot think of any quotable line from any of Obama's speeches.

7 posted on 02/05/2013 10:37:15 AM PST by Cowboy Bob (Soon the "invisible hand" will press the economic "reset" button.)
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To: Tublecane

“Let me be clear...” and “we are not going to wait on Congress to act.”


8 posted on 02/05/2013 10:42:02 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: pgkdan

My exact thought and you beat me to it! Don’t you know he will write something so special that only MOOOOchelle can carry the lead. Just wait...you watch....

HollyHood here she comes!


9 posted on 02/05/2013 10:45:38 AM PST by johnsmom (I must be dreaming 'cause this can't be real)
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To: NoLibZone

Just more evidence that Hollywood and Washington are in bed together and enjoying their common cultures.

Satan smiles.


10 posted on 02/05/2013 10:45:46 AM PST by Truth2012
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To: Cowboy Bob

“I’m sorry, but how many of Obama’s speeches can legitimately be called “great?”

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What? You didn’t think that “you didn’t build that” was GREAT STUPIDITY on Odumbo’s part?


11 posted on 02/05/2013 10:47:20 AM PST by max americana (Make the world a better place by punching a liberal in the face)
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To: NoLibZone

Glib Dem spin doctors typically relocate to Hollywood to collect their payoff - O’Donnell, Stephanopoulos, Matthews, etc.


12 posted on 02/05/2013 10:47:56 AM PST by Argus
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To: Jyotishi

yes, I was confused by that. :) He was Pete, Monica’s boyfriend in Friends. :)


13 posted on 02/05/2013 10:48:17 AM PST by proud American in Canada (Please pray for America. She needs God's help more than ever now.)
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To: max americana

“You didn’t build that” didn’t sound like a prepared speech to me. Unless Obama is a better actor and his writers much better at naturalistic monologue than I thought.


14 posted on 02/05/2013 10:49:53 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: Argus

I wouldn’t call tv infotainment Hollywood. Their New York and Washington facilities are bigger and more important.


15 posted on 02/05/2013 10:52:37 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane

It’s all show biz from the same corporations.


16 posted on 02/05/2013 10:56:35 AM PST by Argus
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To: NoLibZone
"He can write comedy, history, drama, suspense," he said.

And a whole lot of fiction.

17 posted on 02/05/2013 10:59:46 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: Argus

That’s one way to look at it, although GE, for instance, in addition to producing tv shows also makes lightbulbs. Would you call a lightbulb peddler a Hollywood-type?


18 posted on 02/05/2013 11:06:19 AM PST by Tublecane
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To: Jyotishi

I recognized that name from the ‘Iron Man’ movies immediately...weird.


19 posted on 02/05/2013 11:19:05 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: NoLibZone

This doesn’t surprise me a bit. The ranks of Hollywood screen writers, producers, directors and actors are probably loaded with former speech writers, campaign workers and Washington staff members of Democratic politicians.

I’ll bet some of them have switched back and forth from Democratic Party operative to Hollywood contract numerous times. And the transition would be virtually seamless.


20 posted on 02/05/2013 11:25:44 AM PST by Bryan
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To: who knows what evil?

You notice the theme in Iron Man is he has an awakening moment and stops selling arms while he enforces what he thinks is justice through his own weapons. Kind of like our current leaders. Two sets of laws. One for them and the other for us.

While in the second movie I did agree with him that it was his property and the government stole it from him.


21 posted on 02/05/2013 12:13:40 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: NoLibZone; Revolting cat!
Jon Favreau's career took off when, at age 23, he interrupted U.S. Senate candidate Barack Obama during a speech rehearsal to offer some suggestions for improvement.

"Quit LYING, Barack!!!"

22 posted on 02/05/2013 12:14:47 PM PST by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: Resolute Conservative

I hit send to quick. That said it is not the same Jon Favreau. The Hollywood guy is a bit older. He plays Iron Man’s driver in the second movie and the nut linebacker in the Replacements. The other one look like a fairy.


23 posted on 02/05/2013 12:19:53 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: NoLibZone

Watch for the new Obama White House series on NBC this fall: “The LEFT WING”


24 posted on 02/05/2013 1:05:31 PM PST by Dick Bachert ("Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." T. Jefferson)
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To: Tublecane

Is it a coincidence that Edison invented both the lightbulb and the movie camera?


25 posted on 02/05/2013 2:15:27 PM PST by Argus
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To: NoLibZone

He has plenty of experience writing fiction.


26 posted on 02/05/2013 3:20:25 PM PST by imskylark
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To: Argus

Yes.


27 posted on 02/05/2013 3:43:47 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane

And the phonograph?


28 posted on 02/05/2013 3:50:00 PM PST by Argus
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To: Argus

I supose there must be a unifying element among Edison inventions, unless he was a pure polymath. Possibly they are all electrical, but that doesn’t seem correct. Whatever it is, it doesn’t much relate to our argument.


29 posted on 02/05/2013 4:10:00 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: Tublecane

This guy Favreau is still getting a payoff from the Hollywood Left for being a team player. Writing speeches for a gasbag like Obama does not qualify anybody to craft screenplays. But the same people paid Valerie Plame a lot of money for her completely uninteresting life story just to stick a thumb in GW Bush’s eye. This is what goes on there.

And per Edison, what about ...Talking Pictures?!


30 posted on 02/05/2013 4:15:09 PM PST by Argus
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To: NoLibZone
"Jon Favreau, President Obama's head speechwriter, is departing (Going to work in Hollywood )"

It must be some kind of promotion to a more executive position in comrade obama's "Ministry of Truth."
31 posted on 02/05/2013 6:57:34 PM PST by clearcarbon
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