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Moving from Presidential speechwriter to Hollywood screenwriter

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US President Barack Obama's main speechwriter Jon Favreau attends Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People gala at Jazz at the Lincoln Center in New York, May 5, 2009. EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images

President Obama's favorite speechwriter, Jon Favreau, is leaving the White House on March 1. Some speculate that the 31-year-old will head to Hollywood to try his hand at writing for the movies.

There's a long tradition of political types becoming entertainment types. We talk to Marty Kaplan, who worked as a speechwriter for Walter Mondale before moving West, where he had a successful run as a writer and producer.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said Favreau was heading to Hollywood to try his hand at screenwriting. He has not formally announced his career plans after leaving the White House.

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