To avoid confusion in Hollywood, the younger Jon may have to revert to “Jonathan” – or just plain “Favs”. In its combination of objectivity and empathy, it persuaded Americans of all colours that he understood them.” 2009 First inaugural address: “America, in the face of our common dangers,…
Favreau’s speeches: Highs and lows 2008 Obama’s “A More Perfect Union” speech reacted to controversial remarks on race made by his former pastor: “The profound mistake of Reverend Wright’s sermons is not that he spoke about racism in our society. in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words; with hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come; let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested… 2012 Democratic National Convention, accepting his party’s nomination for the presidency: “The path we offer may be harder, but it leads to a better place.
He is presently the lead writer on next week’s State of the Union address.
Favreau has said he plans to remain in Washington DC for the time being, but he is believed to be considering a move to LA to pursue a film career.
John Kerry in 2004, Favreau was sent to tell Obama to trim his convention speech; instead he interrupted the rehearsal to give the then-senatorial candidate some tips on improvement.
In the seven years since, Favreau has written many of Obama’s key speeches, been called one of People magazine’s most beautiful people, dated actress Rashida Jones, and lit up gossip blogs with photos of shirtless beer pong.
He became a crucial member of the campaign team as Obama ran for the presidency in 2008, and reportedly wrote stump speeches late into the night, kept awake by coffee, Red Bull and rounds of the video game Rock Band.It’s that he spoke as if our society was static; as if no progress has been made; as if this country… we refused to let this journey end...” Reaction “There really aren’t very many lines in [his] first inaugural address that stood out even in the moment... And I’m asking you to choose that future.” Reaction “It was a strong, sophisticated, and policy-laden speech by an embattled president, not a passionate newcomer making blue-sky promises… The White House is becoming a pipeline for Hollywood.If Favreau needed to demonstrate his maturity anew, he did so with the President’s first inaugural address, the first draft of which he composed in a Washington DC Starbucks, following weeks of research and interviews with historians and other speechwriters.Favreau has identified the speeches of Robert Kennedy and Ronald Reagan among his influences, though he also admires the writing of Michael Gerson, who spent five years as President George W Bush’s speechwriter, and wrote Bush’s address to the joint session of Congress following the 9/11 attacks. Jon Favreau, the young speechwriter who helped to craft many of the President’s most memorable addresses, is departing the White House on 1 March to try his hand at screenwriting.