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.


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soundoff (717 Responses)
  1. Barbara

    The sarcasm in the Clinton response to this behavior is quite appropriate. I predict his "application" will be treated as it should be; round file.

    December 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Walt, Belton,TX

    Just the kind of maturity the new White House will need..............

    December 6, 2008 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. brad

    what an immature idiot.

    December 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  4. Jon Doe

    LOL this is incredible.

    December 6, 2008 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  5. Franky

    "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"

    LOL!!! Ohh my Hillary, I can't believe you said that, LOL!!

    Just take care Hillary...

    December 6, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  6. Tricia

    idiot.

    December 6, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  7. fmr. Hillary Supporter now for McCain

    Looks like the President-elect already has forgotten to keep someone on a leash Jon Favreau better learn to respect the new Secretary of State because she is the boss and canfired him for any reason whatsoever.

    BTW, to Rush Limbaugh and all of you other Clinton bashers which includes you 2, Jack Cafferty who claim that Hillary won't be able to run in 2012 because she is now Secretary of State, Here's a little history lesson

    Thomas Jefferson, John Quincy Adams, James Madison, James Buchanan and Martin Van Buren. What do these 5 Secretary of States have in common?

    THEY EACH WENT ON TO BECOME PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. 2 OF THEM IN JUST 4 YEARS AFTER BEING SECRETARY OF STATE

    Sorry to ruin a temporary celebration of what you thought was the permanent end to Hillary's quest for the Presidency

    why don't of you mosquitos crawl back down from the hole you crawled up from. hmm?

    Clinton/Whomever '12 and '16!

    December 6, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. KJ

    Good work Favreau. Sounds like you sure learned all about "turning the page on the divisive politics of the past" and "change we can believe in" and all those other great slogans you dreamed up.

    Can you spell s-e-x-i-s-m?

    December 6, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. sheila leonard

    Good for Senator Clinton's response ... humor and understanding go a long way!!

    December 6, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Rich

    Jeeze, how is this even an issue? I don't see anything wrong with what he did. Are we North Korea where if you deface an image of the mighty leader you get thrown in jail or something?

    Big whooping deal.

    I just lost my job and THIS is what the news finds important.

    December 6, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  11. KJ

    ps: Are you the change we've been waiting for?

    December 6, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. ss

    27 what wrong with him partying. my goodness.

    December 6, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. fed up

    thats what happens when you have an american idol as president

    December 6, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  14. Spencer

    What an idiot. Great pick, Obama, great pick!

    December 6, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  15. Lyndon from CA

    I'm sure his application is being seriously considered by the future boss lady herself.

    December 6, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  16. Blake

    Hilarious!

    December 6, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  17. A Canuck

    Look carefully....he's got his hand in her armpit !!!

    December 6, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. This is not news

    Why does the entire nation need to know about this? This just looks like a party where people were having fun. I don't see anything offensive necessarily happening in his picture.

    December 6, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  19. fred

    oh gosh.....he's gonna be in the white house?

    December 6, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Kevin

    And NOW we can see why the Obama team has been so ruthless and meticulous in combing through the skeletons in each of its applicants' closets. Maybe Favreau is a great speechwriter, but this suggests a lapse in judgment that simply can not be tolerated given the intense scrutiny given to every presidential administration by both the public and political opponents.

    December 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  21. Bud

    Stupidity knows all political parties too well and Jon Favreau is very young. Maybe he'll survive this and maybe he won't. The political graveyards are full of indespensible men.

    December 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  22. Alex Gilliam

    Simply STUPID!!!

    December 6, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  23. willowood

    poor judgement and stupidity...he's not equipped to be part of this administration..he needs to go...and right away. no excuses.

    December 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  24. Ann

    What a moron thing to do...and even more moronic to put it on facebook. To find out that the person responsible for Obama's wonderfully amazing speeches is really just a sophomoric moron is disappointing.

    December 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  25. Katie

    Harmless. Actually quite funny. Whoever put up the picture of him is the idiot, and should have known it would get sent all over the internet like this.

    December 6, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
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