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Obama Speechwriter Exposes Bro-Culture In New Book Detailing Time In White House

We’re about six months removed from President Barack Obama leaving the White House, and it appears that enough time has passed for some tell-all books to begin making the rounds. First up to the plate is David Litt, an aide in the White House for nearly all of Obama's presidency, who has taken the time to share his remembrances in an upcoming memoir entitled ‘Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years."

As the Daily Mail shares, the book is filled with all sorts of salacious tidbits, including some from Litt’s own past. As a young graduate out of Yale, he was as honest as possible when applying for a White House gig, and he sat back and hoped for the best.

“After some back-of-the-envelope math, I listed thirty instances of undergraduate marijuana use, plus one experience with mushrooms I made clear I hadn't enjoyed,” reads one passage in the book. “Each day my heart pounded as I scanned my inbox. Had something gone wrong with my urine sample? Had the vetters learned about the month in college when I paired thrift-store blazers with Looney Tunes pajamas and was certain I started a trend?”

Litt’s fears turned out to be unfounded, and he became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history at the age of 24.

“I studied the West Wing with my anthropological intensity, and had learned to translate my boss's unique dialect: the curt, one-line message. The final category of email, and by far the most precious, was any message containing the words 'boom!' or 'bro,'" he added. “These were special. They meant you were totally killing it and had established yourself as a valued member of the team.”

The use of the word ‘bro’ was no coincidence, as Litt alludes to a frat bro culture that permeated the West Wing during the Obama administration.

“There was the winter, for example, when a blond local newscaster caught the eye of a co-worker. (I'll call him Chase, because that's what he enjoyed). Chase pursued the news anchor by inviting her to holiday receptions and sports teams visits to the White House,” he continues. “Each time she arrived...he'd charm her for a few minutes, drop a couple of names, and then apologize for being so busy he couldn't stay. It was almost too easy. After sealing the deal, Chase bragged about his conquest, but anyone could tell he was just going through the motions.”

Even the president himself wasn’t immune to the culture, as Litt demonstrates by pointing out how Obama replied to a request for him to practice a line from a skit again.

“Nah...The truth is, I'm pretty f***ing good at this,” Litt writes.

Sounds like an interesting read, but we would imagine that the former president is less than thrilled with Litt’s take on things. That comes with the territory, as former White House employees will be rushing to cash in on their 15 minutes of fame for the foreseeable future.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Pete Souza, Twitter

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