From a story posted a little while ago on The Guardian about Obama’s chief speech writer:
When Barack Obama steps up to the podium to deliver his inaugural address, one man standing anonymously in the crowd will be paying especially close attention. With his cropped hair, five o’clock shadow and boyish face, he might look out of place among the dignitaries, though as co-author of the speech this man has more claim than most to be a witness to this moment of history.
Jon Favreau, 27, is, as Obama himself puts it, the president’s mind reader. He is one of the youngest chief speechwriters on record in the White House, and, despite such youth, was at the centre of discussions of the content of today’s speech, one which has so much riding on it.
For a politician whose rise to prominence was largely built upon his powers as an orator, Obama is well versed in the arts of speech-making. But today’s effort will tower over all previous ones.
Reading about the people that President Obama has surrounded himself with just fascinates me. His ability to find talent and surround himself with it is just astounding. Regardless of how the next four years go I do hope that someone composes a book a la “Team of Rivals” about his campaign and his presidency.