Date and Time
Apr 9, 2019 7:00 pm
JCC of Northern Virginia and Busboys and Poets bring you David Litt, former Obama speechwriter and author of Thanks Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years to discuss his book and exciting career.
Like many twentysomethings, David Litt frequently embarrassed himself in front of his boss's boss. Unlike many twentysomethings, Litt's boss's boss was President Obama.
At age twenty-four, Litt became one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. Along with remarks on issues like climate change and criminal justice reform, he was the president's go-to writer for comedy. As the lead on the White House Correspondents' Dinner speech (the "State of the Union of jokes"), he was responsible for some of President Obama's most memorable moments, including Keegan-Michael Key's appearance as Luther, Obama's "anger translator." With a humorist's eye for detail and a convert's zeal, Litt takes us inside his eight years on the front lines of Obamaworld. In his political coming-of-age story, he goes from starry-eyed college student-a self-described "Obamabot"-to nervous junior speechwriter to White House senior staff. His behind-the-scenes anecdotes answer questions you never knew you had: What's the classiest White House men's room? What's the social scene like on Air Force One? How do you force the National Security Council to stop hitting reply-all on every e-mail?
In between lighthearted observations, Litt uses his experience to address one of today's most important issues: the legacy and future of the Obama movement in the age of Donald Trump.
*Thanks, Obama will be available for purchase at our bookstore day of the event.
David Litt left the White House in 2016 as a special assistant to the president and senior presidential speechwriter. Described as the "comic muse for the president" for his work on the White House Correspondents' Dinner, David has contributed jokes to every humorous Obama speech since 2009. In addition to his writing for the White House, David has written for The Onion, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. He lives in Washington, DC with his girlfriend and two goldfish.
The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (the J) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a strong and vibrant Jewish community through meaningful opportunities to engage in Jewish life. The J welcomes individuals of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, faiths and backgrounds. Our activities span five counties and touch more than 15,000 individuals each year through cultural, educational, wellness programs and Israel celebrations. We build Jewish connection, community and peoplehood with the 121,000+ Jews who call Northern Virginia their home. (www.jccnvarts.org)
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