Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Podcast: No Hyperbole Allowed (Episode 22)

We're pleased to welcome to the podcast Jon Favreau, the chief speechwriter for the President of the United States, Barack Obama, in case you didn't know the name of the president. You should really know that. He's even more famous than Honey Boo Boo.

So many questions! As nerdy political types, we were rather giddy at the prospect of asking lots of questions to the most famous guy we've had on the podcast, and the fact that he works in the White House makes him one of the most interesting guests we can imagine. We had probably 50 more questions to ask, but we all needed to get to sleep so we could get up and do our day jobs, which are of varying importance. Jon's office is obviously in the White House, so that's a pretty big deal. Colin works at his parents' house and it's kind of a brownish grey, so that's not quite as glamorous. Rich lives in New York City, so you know, he thinks whatever he does is super important like everyone else in New York. Probably trying to get some jerk off for a crime he doesn't want to take responsibility for committing. Whatever.

In this week's podcast, Jon gives us the rundown of how he got the gig, in case you're trying to get a job as chief speechwriter of the President of the United States. It seems to involve meeting the guy who becomes president before he does so. That's critically important, in fact. So that's one of the early steps to say the least. You'll have to listen to learn about the other steps.

Jon tells a couple of funny White House stories, but mostly what we've gleaned is that Barack Obama is a man he admires and respects and is the real leader and mentor of the men and women who work in the White House. It is encouraging to learn that Jon has not been made cynical by his time in Washington, but he would never dream of a career in politics. Our bet is that he gets a cushy think tank gig, maybe spends some time on the Rachel Maddow show, teaches a course at a university, writes a couple of books, etc.

This is POTUS' speech to the Nobel committee in Oslo, Norway in December of 2009. Jon mentioned it as perhaps his proudest moment as the president's speechwriter.

We bet there aren't too many of you who've watched it in its entirety. Aren't you glad you did? You probably had an opinion about his having received the Nobel Peace Prize, but you probably didn't take the time to watch the speech. Seriously, what would you know about anything without this podcast? Thank you, Jon, for recommending it.

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