Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

December 18, 2008 -

The guy who is currently working on Barack Obama's inaugural address is a big gamer.

In a Washington Post profile, Jon "Favs" Favreau is described as "totally synced up" with the President-elect and gets "access to everything and everybody" on the Obama team.

But Favreau likes to kick back with video games, according to the WaPo:

Three months ago, Favreau lived in a group house with six friends in Chicago, where he rarely shaved, never cooked and sometimes stayed up to play video games until early morning...

 

When the [campaign] pressure wore on Favreau, he unwound like a 27-year-old, sending prank e-mails to friends at the Obama offices or playing the video game Rock Band in the Lincoln Park group house...

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Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

To be a good speech writer like Obama is means to have good speech skills.

Speech help

Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

So - we now have friends in high places :)   Sorry - couldn't resist.

I haven't a problem with Favreau playing 'Guitar Hero' - at least he knows how it is to be a gamer. And to be absorbed or engrosses, in something or be dedicated to something e.g. playing Guitar Hero. He also knows that video games are not 'the evil' monster that some people would like to treat them as they are/were.

As for Obama's position on videogames, I agree with it. It may be because I'm a teacher myself :) ----

I fully support that homework comes first, then videogames and tv. However, noone has said that playing, talking or studying videogames can't be part of the homework students need to learn in class.

I'm teaching a ethics/religion class next semester - and I'm already thinking about how I can use examples from say Fallout 3 or Dracula: Origins to discuss good or evil etc. with my students.

 

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Honestly, games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero can't truly be considered hardcore gamers.  The only way possible is if you attend competitions...

MMO's can't fully become hardcore too much either because you can play just for the fun of hanging out with some people (Like i would do) and just screw around and talk.

But then...in this day and age, its hard to draw the line of hardcore and casual gamers.

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"The only way possible is if you attend competitions..."

Yeah, and he probably plays Brawl with the items turned on!  How dare he.

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Seriously?  Have you never seen people on ScoreHero or the main Rock Band site?  People posting scoring strategies, bending the system to get every last point out of a song, people discussing how many songs they've Gold-Starred and on which instrument?  The terminology and acronyms used (Squeezing, GSing, BQP, BWT, more music-based terms)?  The merits of/problems with the charting of a specific song, the endless discussions on game mechanics, the insane modding that goes on with the instruments (or turning electronic instruments into in-game instruments)?  How about iamchris4life, who has managed to play both Through The Fire and Flames and Jordan on Expert without missing any notes whatsoever?

You can't tell me none of that is "Hardcore," not in any objective sense of the word.

Just because someone doesn't play RTS games like no tomorrow or has no idea what you're talking about when you finally make it past Horde level 10 doesn't mean they're not a hardcore gamer.  It just means they're not a hardcore RTSer or Gears player, respectively.

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It really doesn't matter 'what' they play.  The proof of a 'hardcore' gamer is in how much time they devote to games.

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And if they played Chuzzle and Zuma for 5 hours a night?  Bah, can't do it.  The label "hardcore" must have standards!  :D

Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

Wouldn't they just be hardcore Zuma players, then? :P

Definetly a good 'sign of the times' though, seeing a gamer this close to the chief in the white house.

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Just once, I'd like to see a gamer in politics that plays something other than Guitar Hero or Rock Band.  Where the hell are the Senators that throw down with a three hour session of SupCom, or frags noobs on the weekend in Team Fortress 2?  You know, I'm not saying that GH or RB aren't serious games, but boasting that you play them is like saying you like to read novels, then list off Harry Potter books.  Not so impressive.  Come on, give us a hardcore gamer!

Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

Part of the article says that more than once he stayed up all night playing video games, im willing to bet that hes playing something other than rock band. Theyre probably just mentioning one video game that everyone knows and doesnt have issues with.

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Ya, he was prolly playing WoW but if that got out you just know everyone would flip out :P

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Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

 Ah you can tell he's a gamer because he doesn't know how to cook and likes to look like a hobo in his spare time.

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Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

Wasn't this or something very similar already reported?

Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

Wait...didn't several of Obama's speeches, reported right here on Game Politics, say something along the lines of 'it's time to put away the video games'. Either Favreau has a great sense of irony or wants to get a few people off the servers to improve his Call of Duty ping.

Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

Nah, its just something along the lines of getting your attention for a minute.  There wasn't anything like "Stop playing games because they are bad" or anything along the lines.

Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

Or maybe, He is taking what Obama wants to say, and just organizing it, making it sound nice and is not injecting his own opinion into the speech... That's what speech writers do... the speeches are the feelings of the candidate translated into the words of the writer's; nothing more

also, it's been pointed out repeatedly, saying "put down the controllers" is not really an Anti-game statement as all it really amounts to is "don't play all day" and doesn't at all mean "NEVER play video games, ever"; which is a very true statement since you should make sure you get work done first before you go have fun

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Nice...hope he gets to play Rock Band in the White House...I bet the acoustics are amazing!

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Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

 You mean gamers in servitude. I wouldn't call a speech writer for anyone a high place, unless you're trying to make some sort of pun.

Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

Are you insane?

Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

 No, not since I last checked. You telling me some guy who writes bullshit for a living is worth envy? I guess J.T. is nigh unto a god by your definition.

Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

Putting words in the mouth of the leader of the free world is a little different from posting insane rambling blog entries on whatever website JT got his new job at -- for one thing, somebody's actually going to pay attention when Obama talks.  Favs probably makes a lot more coin, too.  He's got the ears and the taxes of the nation under his keyboard.

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Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

 Which is pretty pathetic when you think about it. Did you vote for Barack or this guy? It seems like this guy is making all the promises and Barack is just the loudspeaker for them.

Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

You realize presidents have had speechwriters since, like, forever right? It's not like the president doesn't have any imput, the speechwriter just frames it in an organized way.


Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

Barack is just the loudspeaker? Haha, you have it backwards. The writer doesn't just start writing without any input from Barack. The president elect brainstorms speeches from his own ideas.

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Er, no... the speechwriter's opuinions and views are not reflected in the speech... the candidate tells the writer what he wants to say... he tells him, "i want to dicuss this topic", "talk about these facts", "make these promises", "praise this ally", "talk tough about this enemey", "smear this politician/political party", "dodge this issue", "Tell this Lie" and so forth... and then the writer writes a speech based off of that... It's the feelings of the candidate, but in the words of the speechwriter

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Correct. However, the speaker will frequently add other comments during the speech. But, yes, the speech writer organizes and polishes the raw info.

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He gets to bounce ideas off of the prez and discuss key issues with him in the process of writing these.  So it is kind of a cool job, plus may have an influence.

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Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

Eh, I didn't vote for president, and my local vote went to a third-party candidate of all things. :O

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Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

 Your system for choosing a president leaves alot to be desired. Its ultimately a true or false test. Do I hate candidate A more than B? Yes/No.

Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

Yeah, but my system for choosing a Prime Minister kicks ass. ;D

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Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

 Every system has its flaws, but the British political system has atleast a little choice with it.

Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

I have been a reader here for years and I was forced to register just to comment on this.  You sir/madam, obviously have ZERO understanding of what a speech writer does.  If you think that the writer is the one speaking for the President (elect, as of now), you are clueless.

Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

 Welcome to the posting community of GP, but I really wish you would have stayed silent. You really add nothing to the conversation beyond, "No! You're wrong!".

 If you must make such a claim, reinforce is with corrections or simply stay on the sidelines.

Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

May not add much to this conversation, but neither have you and it didn't take me 5+ posts either.  I made the claim because you demonstrated that you don't know what a speech writer actually does. And the proof is, well, here:

 Which is pretty pathetic when you think about it. Did you vote for Barack or this guy? It seems like this guy is making all the promises and Barack is just the loudspeaker for them.

 With that, I am done posting about this.

Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

Hahaha, what.

Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

You obviously have no idea what you're talking about if you're comparing a presidential speechwriter to Jack Thompson.

Holy shit!

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Re: Holy shit!

Shine on, you crazy diamond.

Re: Obama's Top Speechwriter is a Gamer

Until I saw a pic on the Post's website, I thought they were talking about the Iron Man director. :P

 
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