After graduating from college in 2008, David Litt went straight to the Obama campaign, becoming, in 2011, one of the youngest White House speechwriters in history. He wrote on important topics, from healthcare to climate change to criminal justice reform, but he was also President Obama's go-to comedy writer.
In this refreshingly honest memoir, Litt brings us inside Obamaworld. With a humorists' eye for detail, he describes what it's like to accidentally trigger an international incident or nearly set a president's hair aflame. He answers questions you never knew you had: Which White House men's room is the classiest? What do you do when the commander in chief gets your name wrong? Where should you never, under any circumstances, change clothes on Air Force One?
With nearly a decade of stories to tell, Litt makes clear that politics is completely, hopelessly absurd. But it's also important. For all the moments of chaos, frustration, and yes, disillusionment, he remains a believer in the words that first drew him to the Obama campaign: "People who love this country can change it."
In his comic, coming-of-age memoir, David Litt takes us back to the Obama years – and charts a path forward in the age of Trump.
David Litt entered the White House in 2011 and left in 2016 as a special assistant to the president and senior presidential speechwriter. Described as the "comic muse for the president," David was the lead writer on four White House Correspondents' Dinner presentations and has contributed jokes to President Obama's speeches since 2009. He is currently the head writer/producer for Funny or Die's office in Washington, DC. David has also written for The Onion, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic and the New York Times.