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Remember when presidents spoke in complete sentences instead of in unhinged tweets? Former Obama speechwriter 

David Litt does. 


In his comic, coming-of-age memoir, Litt revisits the good old days of less than a year ago – and charts a path forward in the age of Trump. Drawing from his years as President Obama's go-to writer for comedy, Litt takes us behind the scenes of the White House Correspondents' Dinner, the so-called "State of the Union of jokes." And with nearly a decade of stories to tell, Litt makes clear that politics is completely, hopelessly absurd. 


But it’s also important. For all the moments of chaos, frustration, and yes, disillusionment, Litt remains a believer in the words that first drew him to the Obama campaign: “People who love this country can change it.” In telling  In telling his own story, Litt sheds fresh light on his former boss’s legacy, and explores what it really means – personally, professionally, and politically – to grow up.

“David Litt has done the impossible: written a smart, insightful, and funny White House memoir you don't have to be a political junkie to love. Even better, he takes us back to a saner more compassionate time when our president liked to read.”


—Judd Apatow, Comedian, Film/Television Producer, Writer, Director and Actor

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