scripting Obama

Jon Favreau - Obama Speechwriter Loves Hillary

Ashley Parker from The New York Times:
[excerpt]

[Jon] Favreau also used this time to master Mr. Obama’s voice. He took down almost everything the senator said and absorbed it. Now, he said, when he sits down to write, he just channels Mr. Obama — his ideas, his sentences, his phrases.
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Many Democratic candidates have attempted to evoke both John and Robert Kennedy, but Senator Obama seems to have had more success than most. It helps that Mr. Obama seems to have the élan that John Kennedy had, not to mention a photogenic family.

For his inspiration, Mr. Favreau said, “I actually read a lot of Bobby” Kennedy.

“I see shades of J.F.K., R.F.K.,” he said, and then added, “King.”

Not everyone is so enamored. Mr. Obama excels at inspirational speeches read from a teleprompter before television cameras, critics have noted, but many of his other speeches on the campaign trail have failed to electrify.

Ted Widmer, a historian at Brown University, said that Mr. Obama’s speeches “were perfect for getting to where he was early in the race, but I think now that we’re in a serious campaign, it would be helpful to hear more concrete proposals.”

“There’s more to governing, there’s more to being president, than speechwriting,” he added.


[from the Fashion & Style section - January 20, 2008]




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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Did Favreau himself post this pic? If he did....OOouch!! Deeeeep lesson.

Anonymous said...

he's cute anyway.

Ms. Mahogany said...

Since when are all the smart guys smokin hawt. Thank God I live in DC. :)

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