June 22, 2020

David Litt, Barack Obama’s Funny Speechwriter

Today’s episode is a treat. We’ve invited David Litt, one of President Obama’s speechwriters, on to the show. He’s very funny, and we’d be lying if we said it wasn’t a bittersweet interview remembering when we had a president who had a sense of humor and was able to complete a sentence. David’s got a new book out, Democracy in One Book or Less, and we think you’ll find our conversation inspiring. I know we sure did.


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Sources for audio clips

Former Obama Speechwriter David Litt on How to Write a Great Speech - IVY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UEB1K_tcMYA
‘I never understood wind’: Trump goes on bizarre tirade against windmills - Guardian News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ec9P3C1OXqE
Reid To McConnell: GOP Filibuster Abuse Makes Senate Inefficient - Senate democrats https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LG2Wq2PgdFo
Mitch McConnell: ‘We're Changing The Federal Courts Forever’ | All In | MSNBC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MY176JoM7E
McConnell: Senate 'not broken' in Kavanaugh wake https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apcPsgJc484
"Why don’t YOU get a drink with Mitch McConnell?" (C-SPAN) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HH_sXMpW4Os
Obama Iowa Speech
Barack Obama: Iowa Caucus Victory Speec https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XB-sNaaaJRU
Obama Correspondent's dinner
President Obama at White House Correspondents Dinner - The Obama White House https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lX16OrIVfeQ
Trump Correspondent's Dinner
CNN: President Obama zings Donald Trump, birthers at White House Correspondents' Dinner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zeGpLg0b3DE
Trump won't attend White House correspondents' dinner - CBS News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjD3x-cSnpo
Filibuster History
The weird rule that broke American politics - Vox https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt4jHLteXag
Mitch McConnell
Who is Mitch McConnell? Narrated by Jon Lovett from Pod Save America | NowThis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xg817TekmDQ
McConnell Breaking Senate
McConnell: Think of me as 'grim reaper' of socialism - Fox News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SoOH7hDSpI
Merrick Garland
Merrick Garland nominated to replace Justice Scalia - CBS Evening News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TO7nGf5Con4
McConnell: Garland will not be considered by the Senate - Fox News https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYhq2xXZ6kU
"Have You Met Him Yet?" - The Moth https://player.themoth.org/#/?actionType=ADD_AND_PLAY&storyId=14539

Show Credits

Host: Alyssa Milano
Executive Producer: Alyssa Milano
Associate Producer: Ben Jackson
Editing and Sound Production: Natasha Jacobs
Music by: Milo Bugliari, Josh Cooke & Eleisha Eagle