Obama’s Speechwriter In Hot Water Over Hillary Joke

Obama’s Speechwriter In Hot Water Over Hillary Joke


Obama’s golden wordsmith, Jon Favreau, is the guy on the left, and while this is certainly a big nothingburger, he has still had to apologize for it.

From Wash Post:

Asked about the photos, Favreau, who was recently appointed director of speechwriting for the White House, declined comment. A transition official said that Favreau had “reached out to Senator Clinton to offer an apology.”

Favreau is not the first campaign aide whose online presence has proved awkward. Last March, John McCain aide Soren Dayton forwarded an anti-Obama YouTube video to his private Twitter feed linking Obama with the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, leading to his suspension from the campaign. And in 2007, two bloggers hired by former North Carolina senator John Edwards stepped down after blog posts they had written before he hired them became a subject of controversy.

Favreau’s case seems unlikely to be so dire; Clinton senior adviser Philippe Reines cast the photos as evidence of increased bonhomie between the formerly rival camps.

“Senator Clinton is pleased to learn of Jon’s obvious interest in the State Department, and is currently reviewing his application,” he said in an e-mail.

Lesson Of The Day: Be careful what you post on social networks. Especially if you’re thinking about going into the government.

  • mike mcEachran

    Great response from the Clinton folks. This makes me like all of them even more.

  • John B Sheffield

    What a Non-Story, still can’t work out if it was started first by those who are way OTT about being PC or sad losers that can’t accept that Barack Obama is Our President Elect.

    Some media people have waxed lyrically about this photo surfacing now? I wonder why when it was on facebook for 11 months?? is this how fast our political hacks are?? – if it was April it would be the journos who would be The Fools!

    Jon Favreau demonstrated in his final days at Holy Cross College what talent he has and this continued when he worked on the John Kerry 2004 Campaign, but now it is clear that Jon and Barack work well together and that Jon will do well at The White House.