Thursday, January 22, 2009

The intellectual who writes Obama speech

Jon Favreau, 27, is, as Obama himself puts it, the president's mind reader. He is the youngest chief speechwriter on record in the White House, and, despite such youth, was at the centre of discussions of the content of today's speech, one which has so much riding on it.

On December 5, 2008, a picture of Favreau performing a suggestive gesture to a cardboard cut-out of Hillary Clinton surfaced on Facebook. Favreau was said to have issued an apology to Clinton[7], whose spokesman referred to the photo as "an example of just good-natured fun between former rival camps".

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