President Obama’s head speechwriter is leaving White House for Hollywood: report

Posted at 2:20 PM, Feb 05, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-05 14:25:42-05

WASHINGTON (PIX11) – The man behind President Obama’s most compelling speeches is calling it quits.

Jon Favreau is reportedly stepping down from his post as Obama’s head speech writer – a post he held for the past 7 years, landing the gig at the tender age of 23.

Known for his daring personality and being, who Obama called his “mind reader,” Favreau made his fair share of headlines during his tenure including when a photograph surfaced of him groping a cardboard cutout of then-newly designated Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the now-31-year-old may be headed to Hollywood to pursue a career in screenwriting.

In wake of the news, Obama released a statement, praising the writer saying, “He has become a friend and a collaborator on virtually every major speech I’ve given in the Senate, on the campaign trail and in the White House.”

Cody Keenan, a White House speech writer who is credited for writing Obama’s address following the Tuscon Arizona shooting will take over for Favreau.