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Author: David Litt Narrator: David Litt Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9780062695819
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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 this 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 email? 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Terrific—a hysterical, pithy, and heartfelt trip down memory lane. And boy do we need it.”

    Keegan-Michael Key

  • “A magnificent memoir…You’ll walk away with another kind of hope that’s needed now more than ever: the belief that a government can actually do some good.”

    Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author

  • “By turns moving and hilarious, David Litt’s rollicking account of his journey from campaign field grunt to presidential speechwriter is an irresistible read.”

    David Axelrod, former senior advisor to Barack Obama and author of Believer: My Forty Years in Politics

  • “Entertaining…Veering between tragedy and comedy, between self-doubt and hubris, Litt vividly recreates a period during which he saw his words sometimes become the words of a nation.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “For every White House men’s room anecdote or gee-whiz moment…Litt offers piercing assessments of the nature of our politics…President Obama’s running question to Litt was, ‘so, are we funny?’ Yes, they are—and insightful, too.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author

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,” he was the lead writer on four White House Correspondents’ Dinner presentations and has contributed jokes to President Obama’s speeches since 2009. He is the head writer and producer for Funny or Die’s office in Washington, DC. He has also written for the Onion, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, the Atlantic, and the New York Times.