Obama White House alum (he was a speechwriter) Jon Lovett joined me this AM after disagreeing about General Mike Flynn over the weekend on Twitter:
HH: We’ve got a special hour planned. I’m calling this the preview, the modeling of how you ought to conduct Thanksgiving dinner this Thursday with friends and family who voted differently from you. My special guest, first time on the show, Jon Lovett, longtime speechwriter in the President Obama White House, himself now a writer of TV shows, and as he says on his Twitter feed, @JonLovett, a writer of speeches and TV shows and strongly worded letters mostly water. Jon, welcome, it’s good to have you on the Hugh Hewitt Show.
JL: It’s good to be here. Let’s not end by yelling at each other and leaving the table.
HH: No, we won’t turn anything over, and we won’t throw the knives, and we won’t throw the turkey out to the door. Jon, let me begin for people who don’t know you with some background. Would you tell people where you were born, raised, went to school, all that kind of stuff?
JL: Sure. I was born in Manhattan. I grew up on Long Island. I went to Williams College in Massachusetts. My family had a box factory on Long Island started by my grandfather. I went to Williams. I studied math. I graduated. I tried to be a stand-up comic. I think I could have made it. The audiences maybe felt otherwise. I ended up in politics. I was an intern briefly on John Kerry’s presidential campaign, which didn’t end well. But one thing led to another, and I ended up writing some jokes for Hillary Clinton, and then became her junior speechwriter, stuck with her for three years during her first 2008 presidential campaign, which ended in the same way as her second presidential campaign. And once that race was over, I ended up moving over to the White House and being a speechwriter for President Obama for three years working on a full range of domestic policy issues as well as doing the White House Correspondents dinner and all the comedy speeches I could get my hands on. Continue Reading