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General Meeting: Obama Speechwriter David Litt in Conversation with Daniel Benaim

Remember when presidents spoke in complete sentences instead of in unhinged tweets? Former Obama speechwriter David Litt does. 

After a long tour promoting his new bestselling memoir, Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years, David Litt will be joining us in GCASL Grand Hall for a conversation with Professor Daniel Benaim. Dinner will be served, alongside a healthy dose of common sense with a dash of humor.

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David Litt entered the White House in 2011 and left in 2016 as a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Presidential Speechwriter. Described as the “comic muse for the president,” Litt began contributing jokes to President Obama’s speeches in 2009 and was the lead writer on four White House Correspondents’ Dinners. He is currently the head writer/producer for Funny Or Die’s office in Washington, D.C. Litt has also written for The Onion, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and the New York Times. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his fiancée, Jacqui, and their two goldfish, Florence and Duane.

Daniel Benaim has served as a speechwriter and policy advisor at the White House, State Department, and U.S. Senate. He is currently a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow researching U.S. policy in the Middle East at the Center for American Progress. Until June, he was foreign policy speechwriter and Middle East advisor to Vice President Biden, traveling with the Vice President to twenty-five countries. Before that, he wrote speeches for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Deputy Secretaries Bill Burns and Tom Nides and served as a member of Secretary Clinton’s policy planning staff covering Egypt. Benaim has also been a professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chief speechwriter to Senator John Kerry, and a detailee to the National Security Council staff. He designed and taught a graduate speech-writing course at George Washington University. His writings on behalf of government officials have appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Foreign Affairs. Publications under his own name include The International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, and The American Prospect. He is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years