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. A Really Conservative Realist

    Hee Hee. We will know he's lying if he claims that he was dressed up as Bill Clinton at a Halloween party. Bill would not have chosen that piece of cardboard.

    December 6, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Chip

    I am not an Obama supporter but at least the man is hiring "Normal People" that have fun. This man has harmed no one. I hope Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton have enough character to see this for what it is; some friends at a party having fun.
    I wish you luck and hope you work hard for our country Jon.

    Best Wishes:


    December 6, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. NH Mom

    This is absolutely disrespectful to women, and, of course, Sen Clinton specifically. It should not be acceptable to try to minimize the qualifications and substance of a woman by trying to demean her and objectify her. It is shameful behavior and the man who engaged in this sexist act should not be part of the white house team. If the people who work for the new president can't respect a woman as capable and accomplished as Sen. Clinton, then they certainly should not be in the White House where their work affects every woman in the nation.

    Sexism is rampant in our country and we need to take a stand and say no to it.

    December 6, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Chad

    Another example of these young smug Obama punks that think it is acceptable to treat someone as distinguished as Senator Clinton with utter disrespect. He should be fired, career over!!

    December 6, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  5. Reality

    He's just a hard working young guy having some normal guy fun, joking around over some beers !!!

    December 6, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  6. Robert S

    You know what - after 8 years of torture, shipping all of our jobs overseas, lies and more lies from the White House, the 2nd Great Depression and incompetence at every level of the government - who cares?

    This administration isn't going to get caught up in every little thing - especially innocent things like this. People have fun, and this was having fun.

    Why not report on how many companies are taking the bailout money and paying multi-million dollar bonuses to their executives while they ship more jobs overseas?

    December 6, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. john

    The response by Philippe Reines was perfect! I think Jon has learned his lesson on mixing cardboard cut-outs and beer.

    December 6, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. Anonymous

    So what!!!

    December 6, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  9. alreadytiredofit

    He may be a good speechwriter but I don't think Obama will have any choice but to let him go. This is offensive and disrespectful to women, as well as juvenile. When will men ever learn - or grow up? It 's such an unfortunate thing how poorly men are socialized in the US.

    December 6, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  10. Adrienne

    Who cares?

    December 6, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Sexism from the Obama camp? Go figure. Clinton can't win. If she complains about it, the media floggs her for playing "the gender card" and not being "tough enough" for politics, and if she doesn't say anything than the media attacks her for failing to stand up to sexism.

    Maybe the media should start judging themselves as harshly as they judge everyone else.

    December 6, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. AJ

    This is outright wrong behavior. People shall be respectful in their act. It does not matter whether in private parties or public places.

    December 6, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. catarina

    This guy needs to be banished...unless the office of the new SoS is hiring a toilet cleaner..

    December 6, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. And the Truth is...

    Arrogance compiled with stupidity. Obama sure knows how to choose the people that surround him.

    More than an "I'm sorry" is needed.

    December 6, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. Reality

    If he was older, it still would have happened. It just wouldn't have been broadcast on Facebook.

    December 6, 2008 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  16. Kyle

    Who cares??? Who doesn't have bad facebook photos of them? He's obviously having a good time, give him a break!!

    December 6, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  17. Brenda C

    Speaks volumes about obama and his whole gang. A bunch of thugs who make excuses when caught. They probably smoked more than cigarettes on the campaign trail.

    December 6, 2008 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  18. Doreen

    Grow up please.

    December 6, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  19. snugglebunny

    I'm glad I'm not in politics. I can only imagine the dirt that would be brought up about me.

    December 6, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. joanjuneau

    You're in trouble now, Dude.

    December 6, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. Dorothy in NC

    This thoroughly disgusted with this "news". Hillary has been totally disrespected. She is a very hard working United States Senator who is trying to do good work to benefit all of us. I think she deserves an apology.
    Oh by the way Jon, grow up.

    December 6, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  22. Jane

    Calm down people. It's not a big deal.

    December 6, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  23. Eric

    Looks like he was at a party having a good time. Big deal.

    December 6, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  24. AdamW

    Does anyone here know anatomy? His hand is not on her "chest" it is holding her arm.

    And really? Doesn't anyone in this country have a sense of humor?

    I would like to know who was sexist to Hillary? Seems she got it easy compared to all of the Obama bashing that occurred. Just because people didn't like her doesn't make them sexist. Get a grip.

    As far as being disappointed in Hillary. You mean you weren't disappointed after she stayed with her husband after he cheated on her numerous times? I guess it is ok that she stayed with him to further her political career. If it was anyone else people would be screaming for her to get a divorce. The guy is scum for cheating on his wife but noone says anything about that. She obviously saw the benefits of staying with him and that is as shameful as can be.

    This kid, having fun and being a goofball? Not really offensive or an example of his character. Maybe he is a jerk, I don't know but regardless it is hardly a real issue.

    December 6, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  25. ab

    wow! director of speech writing. There are many ppl out there with no jobs and good talent and aren't quite as vulgar as this guy!

    December 6, 2008 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
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