December 6th, 2008
04:40 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama speechwriter Favreau learns the perils of Facebook

This photo of Favreau and Clinton appeared on Facebook Friday.

This photo of Favreau and Clinton appeared on Facebook Friday.

(CNN) - Jon Favreau, future White House director of speechwriting, has so far been at a loss for words over Facebook pictures of him at a recent party.

Pictures of Favreau, 27, at a recent party appeared on Facebook Friday. In one of the photos, Favreau, who served as President-elect Barack Obama’s chief speechwriter during the campaign season, was dancing with a life-sized cardboard cut-out of future secretary of state Hillary Clinton. In a second photo, a friend was offering the cutout a bottle of beer while Favreau stood beside the likeness with his hand on the cardboard New York senator’s chest.

The picture was reportedly up for a scant two hours or so before Favreau removed it, along with every other picture of himself beyond his profile photo - but there’s no getting the Facebook genie back in the bottle.

Favreau wasn’t talking to reporters about the incident, but transition officials said he had offered an apology to Clinton.

The Clinton camp reaction? "Sen. Clinton is pleased to learn of Jon's obvious interest in the State Department, and is currently reviewing his application," Clinton aide Philippe Reines told the Washington Post.

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soundoff (717 Responses)
  1. Most action Hillary has had in years

    Are they sure it was a cardboard cut-out and not the real thing!!????

    December 6, 2008 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  2. Jay

    I think this guys should be left alone. Yes, it was stupid posting the picture on the face book, but i think he should be given a break....dude was trying to have fun for God's sake, let him be........

    December 6, 2008 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  3. Mike in Jacksonville

    Isn't his hand a bit high for it to be her boobs? And how is this anywhere near as offensive as Chambliss' Thanksgiving add where he blatantly fondles a little girls chest?

    Find a real story.

    December 6, 2008 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  4. Gaurang (India)

    Hahahhaha, this is hilarious. Favraeu should have known better. Being the man behind Obama's speeches, I can't imagine he'd do this on camera.

    December 6, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  5. rosa

    Miss Campbell, the other guy has a beer in his hand. Did you fail to notice this?

    "People do stupid things when alcohol is involved!!!!!" You really should cover the story completely and without such bias...

    Also, Jon needs to find new friends. It was idiotic to take this picture, I agree but I am giving Mr Jon the benefit of a doubt here. He is young and was probably drinking as well. Now for his so-called moronic friend to post this that is another thing, entirely..
    Anyhow, I do believe there is a big diffeence between this and pundits pointing out she revealed cleavage during one of her public appearances.

    December 6, 2008 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  6. Scott Tucson

    Obama's people are not in office yet and they're already making fools of themselves. Was this Jon the writer who dreamed up Obama's campaign slogan of 'CHANGE"?

    December 6, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Jerry

    Oh my gosh , give him some BHO teflon spray right away. PS Sarah says hello

    December 6, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  8. Pixie

    Wow who cares? Who hasn't done something similar before. Just because you want to be a part of the political process doesn't mean you have to be devoid of any kind of personality.

    December 6, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  9. Alyssa

    That is absolutely hilarious. I would be mortified, but everyone has to have a sense of humor!

    December 6, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  10. Deborah

    I think Hillary is doing women a disservice (and I am a BIG Hillary fan) to women by trying to join the "good old boys club" now that she is positioned to be a part of the new administration. She needs to stay true to her beliefs and her integrity. She is a role model for women and I, for one, am offended by the photo. Apparently Favreau knew it was offensive judging by how quickly he removed it and by offering an apology. Hillary should have expressed her disappointment at the sexist and childish nature of the "prank" before graciously accepting his apology.

    December 6, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  11. TexasAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    Not exactly the best show of judgement on Favreau's part. Hopefully he learned something from this.
    Both the guys in the photo owe Clinton a HUGE apology several times over.

    December 6, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  12. Shannon

    the Obama campaign showed it's disdain for women throughout the primary. What a shock (not) that the person who wrote all those words of hope and change, is a phony little drunken frat boy. This is hope and change folks, I'm not suprised. The words of this campaign have never matched the actions of the people who work for and support it.

    December 6, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  13. Pete

    What an idiot.

    December 6, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  14. proudliberal

    she shouldn't be drinking beer with them boys.

    December 6, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. Obama4me

    Certainly, he loses points on discretion but it is a lesson learned...not something so awful to lose his job over.

    December 6, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. daisyInAtlanta

    serve him right

    December 6, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  17. Unreal

    Sad dude.. Sad .... I understand it was a private party, but you should know better. You should know this would eventually come back and baite you in the ... Well bite you...

    You are so close to writing your own ticket into history and you are being this reckless with such a promising future?

    Sad real sad.. That was a Plaxico move.....

    December 6, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. Brad - California

    "Sen. Clinton is pleased to learn of Jon's obvious interest in the State Department, and is currently reviewing his application," – GREAT RESPONSE FROM HILLARY'S AIDE!

    December 6, 2008 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  19. Blues

    Crazy speechwriter.

    December 6, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  20. Jon

    Hillary's comments seem to eerily reflect the past actions of her husband. I am sure she is very excited about his interest in the state department.

    December 6, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  21. Michael Lee

    President-elect Obama should pull the plug on Mr. Favreau. There is no room for this type of behavior.............period. Anybody sitting at the table with the serious political adults should know this. If they don't, let this first rolling head be proof that it will not be tolerated. Well Mr. Obama? You put a high price on transparency and integrity. Here is your chance to prove it. P. S. – I voted Obama.

    December 6, 2008 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  22. Eric

    Leave the guy alone. He's not a public figure and he's still a young guy - other 20somethings make judgement mishaps far worse than that.

    He's obviously a very talented speechwriter and I hope Obama's team doesnt overreact to this.

    December 6, 2008 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  23. Weareallfamily

    to whomever wrote this article and the one about ms powers. GET A LIFE!

    December 6, 2008 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. Transparency

    Ultimately what I'm hoping a policy of transparency will do is deflate these perceived "scandals." Favreau is one of many millions of us who have mixed personal and professional online, and most of us have exhibited questionable judgment, or at least indulged our senses of humor. And he is at the age where, as a college student, Facebook and MySpace were nascent.

    Perhaps due to the sheer volume of "transgressions" alone, we can get to a point where the media can stop making mountains out of molehills, there will just be too much to cover otherwise - but obviously, we aren't there yet.

    December 6, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  25. catherine

    A typical Obama male supporter? I wonder.

    December 6, 2008 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
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