Join GU Politics for a discussion with one of President Obama’s speechwriters, David Litt!
At age twenty-four, David Litt became one of the youngest speechwriters in White House history, rising to President Obama’s senior staff. Along with penning remarks on issues from immigration to criminal justice reform, Litt served as the president’s go-to comedy writer. Taking the lead on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner speech he was responsible for some of President Obama’s most memorable comedic moments, such as Keegan-Michael Key’s appearance as Luther, Obama’s “anger translator.”
Come meet David and discuss his new book, ‘Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years,’ which explores the triumphant highs, demoralizing lows, and hilarious surprises of life in the world’s most high-stakes office building.
David Litt entered the White House in 2011 and left in 2016 as a special assistant to the president and senior presidential speechwriter. Described as the “comic muse for the president,” David was the lead writer on four White House Correspondents’ Dinner presentations and has contributed jokes to President Obama’s speeches since 2009. He is currently the head writer/producer for Funny or Die’s office in Washington, DC. David has also written for The Onion, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and the New York Times. He lives in Washington with his fiancé and their two goldfish, Florence and Duane.
Political Pageturners brings prominent politicos, writers and others to campus to discuss their latest books. Students will have an opportunity to explore the book with the author, and engage on how the themes relate to national, local or campus issues. No reading required!
Baker Living Room, GU Politics Office, Healy G-18
Thursday, November 16th, 2017