Jon Favreau, long-time speechwriter for President Obama, will be departing the White House for Hollywood in March, the Los Angeles Times reports:
People magazine named him one of the world's most beautiful people. He went out with actress Rashida Jones, best known for her role in "The Office." One night, as he and some friends played a shirtless game of beer pong inGeorgetown, someone snapped a photo that ended up on the blog FamousDC, with the headline: "White House Gone Wild."
But about the writing, Favreau was always serious, telling peers it was a solemn responsibility to remain in sync with the president's thinking.
"When they're working together, it's like watching two musicians riff," said David Axelrod, Obama's longtime advisor. "Jon's stamp is on all of the great speeches, from 2005 until now."
Favreau will turn over his seat to Cody Keenan, a Chicago native who is taking the lead on writing the State of the Union address. Keenan is an original member of the team of twentysomethings that Favreau assembled for a tough assignment: writing for a writer with exacting standards.