Obama’s chief speechwriter leaving White House for Hollywood

Jon Favreau, the scribe behind many of the president’s most poignant speeches, is leaving his post to write screenplays.

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The 31-year-old Favreau is reportedly leaving the coveted post to write screenplays for Hollywood—a “well-worn path” for White House scribes, according to London’s The Telegraph. Another of Obama’s former speechwriters, Jon Lovett, is co-creator of the NBC sitcom “1600 Penn,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

Favreau began working with Obama seven years ago after interrupting him during a speech rehearsal to offer some suggestions for improvement. At the time, Obama was running for U.S. Senate. Upon his election, the first-term senator hired Favreau.

During the next seven years, Favreau has reportedly helped write some of Obama’s most poignant speeches.

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