December 6th, 2008
04:40 PM ET
5 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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  1. Patrick

    Obama needs to fire him immediately....set the tone early that this will be a competent administration or risk losing public support quickly.

    December 6, 2008 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. sia

    Given the American public's notoriously fleeting attention span and penchant for paying little heed to what is going on in the government is changing big time. The internet is helping. so be careful.
    This is funny, but will be ignored. You are our government and we will be watching. Realize the seriousness of your position.

    December 6, 2008 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  3. Bob

    Nice behavior. Great example for all the young people out there. Nice job, really.

    December 6, 2008 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  4. FleetFootNC

    Go ahead Barack and Hillary, accept the idot's apology. Then, quickly sack him. He has no business being a part of new president's administration. Even if he is a talented speech writer. He can not be part of the serious image Obama is trying hard to promulgate.

    December 6, 2008 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. Pat

    Disgusting! Am I surprised? NO! - Just another example of the Obama gaggle of geese! Also disappointed in Hillary's lack of judgment in "condoning" it in such a lame-brained manner.

    December 6, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. Paul

    Who cares? That's nicer treatment than Hillary deserves.

    December 6, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  7. Flash Gorden /-\

    People can read in to ANYTHING! Look @ Huckabees "cross" in one of his ads this past year! I see a window in the back of THIS photo. Could they ALL be amish!? Like there would be anything wrong with that. Just an example of what people "see" and make things out to be without knowing the facts. Huh... I think it was all in fun. Maybe Hillary was the "life" of the party! Boy, [some] "news" sells does it "not"...If someone was posing with the intention of having their hand on that part of the female anatomy, I think it would be a slight bit lower. He was only holding "her" up! Give me a break. I SEE...

    December 6, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  8. Steve, Iowa City, IA

    Disgusting.

    December 6, 2008 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Give him a break – he's 27. I suspect he he has learned a valuable lession.

    December 6, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  10. Michael Scott

    So Jon Favreau is the kind of people Obama is going to populate his White House (the PEOPLE"S House) with, eh? Disgusting!

    December 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  11. Anonymous

    Say Gooodbye Jon.

    December 6, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  12. 28 year old not suprised

    Put the facebook pages on lock down, you should not allow yourself to be tagged like that. He is just one person in my generation who will be ousted from a job because of facebook!

    December 6, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  13. Rumsfeld

    Oh come on people! When are we going to learn the perils of such behavior?! Would love to be in the room, after inauguration, just to see the awkwardness between Mr. Favreau, Secretary of State Clinton and Pres. Obama.... Let's hope this lesson sticks.
    Seems to me that Sen. Clinton has endured a great deal of sexist treatment over the years. It needs to end now.

    December 6, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  14. Nee

    The entire Obama campaign staff always resembled an Animal House-like fraternity, complete with Robert Gibbs in the John Belushi role. But it's OK – sexism is perfectly acceptable as long as the perpetrators identify as "Democrats."

    December 6, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  15. republicans hate america

    hilarious. This is far better then the aides outing CIA agents in the Bush administration.

    December 6, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  16. Former republican army wife

    If Clinton doesn't care, then why should we care? I saw Campbell Browns comments on this at the beginning of her show. I like Campbells show, however, she needs to realize thast not every single comment, statement, and picture is sexist. Come on Campbell, the open mic comment about the governor having no life, was that really sexist? I say the same thing about my boss, he has no life, so he is always at work, he's a guy, is that sexist too? This pic looks like a cpl of frat boys haing fun. Rather than call it sexist, I would call in immature.

    December 6, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  17. Sharon - Irondale, Alabama

    You would think EVERYBODY would know better than to take pictures doing something one would regret in the age of you tube, myspace, facebook, etc. He obviously did not value his job or he thought he was among trusted friends! Remember people, the camera cannot be trusted.

    December 6, 2008 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Jaye

    Why make such a big deal out of this....it's nothing.
    Campbell Brown will probably spend all week saying how sexist it is. LOL BTW – does Campbell Brown know anything other than sexist stuff to report? Her show is a waste of time.

    December 6, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. Joe

    For goodness sake, it was a party which is something most Americans have participated in at some time. No harm. No foul. I imagine the gross percentage of Americans have done things much more harmful than goofing around with friends and snapping photos such as this. However, it is probably much harder for most Americans to look into the mirror than at another's spoofs.

    December 6, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  20. prosanto

    It is downright disgraceful for Obama not to reprimand his men/boys for public indecency. I am shocked by Hillery's remarks. Both these leaders send the message that indecency is acceptable.

    December 6, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  21. leo

    Ok well in america anything is seen as sexist. if it was a femal clinton aide posing in a weird position with an obama poster joking that she was holdin his balls i dont think any media would have called it sexist huh? iam certainly for equal rights for women and against any kind of sexism but today u cant do any joke about a woman and it is not sexism. Thats equality u can have jokes on men and u can have jokes on women. again think about it lets say a femal playin with a poster of bill clinton mimicking for example monica legwinsky giving him 'we know what' would that be sexism ?????

    December 6, 2008 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  22. Mobius

    Ho hum big deal. When did the Dem's become the uptight party?

    December 6, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. ck

    good to know this is the man behind the "messiah"

    What a joke!! LOL

    December 6, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. Anonymous

    This is the kind of crowd Obama chooses to work with eh? Super. Professionalism at it's best.

    December 6, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. Myron

    Correction: This chucklehead WAS the future White House director of speech writing.

    December 6, 2008 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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