Skip to comments.Jon Favreau, President Obama's head speechwriter, is departing (Going to work in Hollywood )
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 Obamas 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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Heading to Hollywood. Hugo Chavez is sick and not hiring.
There’s already a Jon Favreau in Holywood:
Jon Favreau - Actor | Producer | Director
ROFLMAO!!!! Taking his skills of PROPAGANDA to the Big Screen!!!! WOO HOO!!!
The guy’s been writing fiction and fantasy for years now...he should do well in Hollywood.
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?
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?
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.
“Let me be clear...” and “we are not going to wait on Congress to act.”
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!
Just more evidence that Hollywood and Washington are in bed together and enjoying their common cultures.
“I’m sorry, but how many of Obama’s speeches can legitimately be called “great?”
What? You didn’t think that “you didn’t build that” was GREAT STUPIDITY on Odumbo’s part?
Glib Dem spin doctors typically relocate to Hollywood to collect their payoff - O’Donnell, Stephanopoulos, Matthews, etc.
yes, I was confused by that. :) He was Pete, Monica’s boyfriend in Friends. :)
“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.
I wouldn’t call tv infotainment Hollywood. Their New York and Washington facilities are bigger and more important.
It’s all show biz from the same corporations.
And a whole lot of fiction.
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?
I recognized that name from the ‘Iron Man’ movies immediately...weird.
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.
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