The voice of Obama

Updated: Dec 20, 2016, 10:57 IST | The Guide team |

What is it like to be the chief speechwriter for a President? 

Barack Obama. Pic/AFP

What is it like to be the chief speechwriter for a President? Jon Favreau - a columnist with The Ringer, a website featuring podcasts on different aspects of sports, pop culture, and technology, and earlier, the essayist and editor of US president Barack Obama's speeches - shares tales from the days he spent at the White House. "I was 22 then. I sort of started to understand how to write in another person's voice. The strategists and the policy people had a role to play, too. My first speech was something about wind power," he says. The 66-minute episode is about rubbing shoulders with a stalwart like Obama, who never hesitated to correct his own words or threw his weight around during speech constructions with Favreau. "He called me Favs. It became my new name. He knew that I could be nervous, so he reiterated that he was also a writer and he understood that the muse may not strike every time. Once, he came over to my desk and asked me to go through some of the edits. 'Are you okay with this? I did this for a reason,' he said and I replied saying, 'Yeah buddy, you are Barack Obama,'" shares Favreau, who often received compliments from the President for his smart vocabulary.


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