December 6th, 2008
04:40 PM ET
6 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.


Filed under: Hillary Clinton
soundoff (717 Responses)
  1. Dan

    Jut more of that change we can believe in...

    December 6, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  2. Kevin

    So he likes 'em with experience...nothing wrong with that...

    December 6, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  3. pat C.

    i am glad to see there is still humor in politics. we take everything to serious these days. let these kids have fun and bring life into an otherwise glummy situation we face as a nation.

    December 6, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Hillary forever

    And ? why it's big deal ?

    December 6, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Trish Baucum

    For years I've been telling the kids that they will regret all the dumb things they post on these sites. When will this generation learn that not everyone cares about their parties and activities and some who do only want to harm them.
    Let's get back to a little privacy in this country!!!!

    December 6, 2008 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  6. Bill

    Ooops!

    Good for Hillary's side. Proves that some people really can move beyond "gotcha" politics, and with humor too.

    December 6, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. MLH

    I'm a big Obama fan, but this is not the image you want out there of your speechwriter – the guy who puts words in your mouth. This wasn't just disrespectful to Senator Clinton and women. This was stupid and made his boss look bad. There are other wordsmiths out there, and this one should be looking for a new job.

    December 6, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  8. Francie

    Bye, Jon!

    December 6, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  9. Molly

    Wow...good to see that even someone from my generation has little respect for women and would do something stupid like that.

    December 6, 2008 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. Jeff Brown

    Oh those youthful hijinx!

    December 6, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  11. Steve, FL

    Why, someone in their 20s got a little drunk and did some goofy things at a party? Well I never would've guessed THAT!

    Seriously, who cares?

    December 6, 2008 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  12. Hillary forever

    I would dance with Obama's cardboard cut-out anytime :-)
    were can I get one ? I mean Obama's ofcourse.

    December 6, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  13. Steve NY

    Umm..... Director of WH Speech Writing? OK..... wondered where all those great speeches came from.... funny, Obama never mentioned grabbing somebody's boobies. LOL.

    December 6, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  14. David

    if this is as bad as the scandals get in this administration, then i'm looking forward to the next four years.

    December 6, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  15. wait what?

    So this guy wrote his speeches? Maybe he should write his own instead of letting this creep do it!

    December 6, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  16. Darrell Burks

    These guys were just having fun. No harm was intended. Even Hilary knows that.

    December 6, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Fire him!

    December 6, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. S Callahan

    lol...correction..."she knows this is NOT something to make a mountain out of a moe hill"

    December 6, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  19. S Callahan

    lol...correction..."she knows this is NOT something to make a mountain out of a moe hill".

    December 6, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  20. Armando

    hahaha this is pretty funny.

    December 6, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  21. steve

    As an ardent Obama supporter, I find this act deplorable. The guy should be fired regardless of his talent as a speechwriter.

    December 6, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  22. Brett

    Fire him - establish a zero tolerance policy. He's now a liability for President elect Obama and anyone who works with him in the Obama White House.

    December 6, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  23. Laurie

    This is just the beginning....

    December 6, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  24. CCN

    I think this photo looks like a person holding up the poster, not necessarily cupping any particular part of anatomy. I am all in favor of respect for women, but more is being read into this than should be. The press likes to make something out of nothing when it can. Cheers to the response from the Clinton group.

    December 6, 2008 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. Remi - American Tax Payer

    HE needs to be fired.

    Obama/Biden '08-'12

    December 6, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
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