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What was it like writing for President Obama? This ‘Funny or Die’ writer knows




Former Obama speechwriter David Litt speaks on stage during A Moth Summer Night's Dream: The 20th Anniversary Moth Ball at Capitale on June 6, 2017 in New York City.
Former Obama speechwriter David Litt speaks on stage during A Moth Summer Night's Dream: The 20th Anniversary Moth Ball at Capitale on June 6, 2017 in New York City.
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In early 2008, David Litt’s greatest passion was his college improv troupe. Then came the the flight to JFK, when everything changed.

Litt saw a two-inch-tall black man appear on his in-flight TV screen. It was Barack Obama at a presidential campaign rally in Iowa. “They said this day would never come,” he told the crowd. “At this defining moment in history, you have done what the cynics said you couldn’t do.”

From then on, Litt was hooked. He campaigned for Obama ruthlessly, and even stole or “borrowed” his roommate's car to attend the freshman senator’s speeches. His experiences in politics and writing for satirical online publications such as “The Onion” eventually snowballed into a position as a junior speechwriter for the presidential candidate.

Now, Litt’s firsthand account of working for the former president is published. In “Thanks, Obama,” he takes the reader inside the front lines of the Obama years.

Today, Larry sits down with Litt to discuss his experiences from junior speechwriter to senior White House staffer and Obama's legacy in the age of Donald Trump.

David Litt will be discussing his upcoming book at The New Roads School in Santa Monica tonight at 8pm. The event will be a conversation with Matt Walsh of “Veep.” For more information, click here.

Guest:

David Litt, former senior presidential speechwriter for President Obama and author of “Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years” (Harper Collins, 2017); he is now head writer, producer at the Washington D.C. office of Funny or Die