March 1, 2013 12:45 PM by Wade Blogs
Today News – President Obama has called Jon Favreau a “mind reader,” but on one particular night, the chief speechwriter had no idea his boss was about to address the nation at a crucial moment in his presidency.
As special forces prepared to raid Osama bin Laden’s compound in Afghanistan, Favreau waited to meet with Obama outside the Oval Office to go over the jokes he had written for the president’s address that night at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
His meeting was delayed by a call Obama took from a general in Afghanistan. When the president finally met with Favreau, he made only one request: Scratch the reference to bin Laden.
“‘There’s one joke where the punch line is Osama bin Laden. And I would just maybe change that to another dictator,’” Favreau, now 31, recalled being told at the time.
“I had no idea why he was doing this. So I’m like, ‘Would Hosni Mubarak work?’ He’s like, ‘Mubarak will work great. Why don’t we do that?’ And so we change it.”
So after all these years I literally thought Jon Favreau, Obama’s Lead speech writer was in fact the same guy who played Mikey in Swingers co-starring with Vince Vaughn. That myth came to an end this morning when I read this. Political affiliations aside, it must be pretty fucking AWESOME to write speeches for the leader of the free world less than a year after college. Some kids are working run of the mill entry level jobs, some may be dbag investment bankers thinking they are Gordon Gekko when in reality they are excel monkeys. This guy wrote some pretty historical speeches from Bin Laden’s death to Nobel Peace Prize acceptance.
But real talk, I bet he is such a bore to talk to. Always using correct use of grammar and never misusing words…like what a knobjob in that sense. Yeah…his job is better than mine and I’m jealous.