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Obama speech writer Jon Favreau to turn to script writing

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MUMBAI: President Obama?s head speechwriter, Jon Favreau is considering pursuing a career in writing scripts for films.

Favreau, who was just 23 when he joined then-Senator Obama?s staff, will leave his job on 1 March.

During his tenure, Favreau cultivated a celebrity persona of sorts, dating actress Rashida Jones and taking her to the 2007 White House Correspondents? Dinner. He was named one of People?s most beautiful people in the world in 2009 and has been touted as an influential figure by GQ, Time and Vanity Fair.

Favreau?s friends are of the belief that he is interested in following the footsteps of former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett, who went on to co-create NBC?s political comedy 1600 Penn. Though he plans on staying in Washington for some time now but may move to Los Angeles later.

During his time at the White House, Favreau penned big speeches for the president, including Obama?s first inaugural address and his healthcare speech to Congress. The president has since thanked him for his service.

Cody Keenan, who is a Chicago native in charge of writing Obama?s upcoming State of the Union address will succeed Favreau.

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