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Obama's Speechwriter Is Releasing A Book About His Time In The White House

One of Barack Obama’s youngest speechwriters has released a tell-all memoir of his experience as a White House aide, promising to lift the lid on West Wing culture and give his own take on Obama’s presidency.

David Litt, a graduate of Yale University and the author of ‘Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years’, was only 24 years old when he was hired to be one of President Obama’s speechwriters. During his time as an aide, Mr. Litt became “President Obama’s go-to comedy writer,” taking the lead on Obama’s speeches for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner and State of the Union address.

Mr. Litt’s memoir sheds fresh light on the relationship between White House aides, describing how the team acted like wannabe college basketballers. Using a mixture of humorous anecdotes and thoughtful arguments, Mr. Litt paints a picture of a bro-culture, where drinking, smoking and sex were just as important as the more serious aspects of the job.

By having direct contact with President Obama, Mr. Litt learned to interpret the president’s unique way of praising his aides, saying: “The final category of email, and by far the most precious, was any message containing the words 'boom!' or 'bro.'” The president’s approval was highly sought after by everyone in the White House and Mr. Litt obviously relished the chance to impress the most powerful person in the world. “These were special. They meant you were totally killing it and had established yourself as a valued member of the team,” added the former speechwriter.

Unsurprisingly, Mr. Litt’s humor wasn’t always appreciated by President Obama. After writing a joke about Obama looking like Morgan Freeman by his second term, the president responded: “That's not even funny.” In his memoir, Mr. Litt also details the challenge of coaching President Obama on comedic timing.

While discussing the D.C. dating scene, Mr. Litt digs into the seedier side of Washington, exposing how his colleagues used their White House credentials to impress women. In one story, Mr. Litt relays a story of a co-worker, nicknamed Chase, and his pursuit of a female newscaster, saying: “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.” However, working as a White House speechwriter didn’t leave Mr. Litt and his colleagues much time for serious relationships. “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,” added the young writer.

In one of the more serious sections of his memoir, Mr. Litt discusses his history of recreational drug use before working in the White House. Despite fearing that his past would be an “automatic deal-breaker,” the young speechwriter was honest in his application and interview, writing: “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.”

Nonetheless, despite his past mistakes, Mr. Litt managed to be selected for the prestigious position, propelling him into a life of excitement, stress and, above all, hard work.

Source: Daily Mail
Photo: Pete Souza, Twitter

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