If Days Were Twice as Long, Obama'd Write His Own Speeches

Jon Favreau wouldn't be needed if days were 48-hours long.

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White House Chief speechwriter Jon Favreau may be the man of the moment as final touches are put on President Obama's State of the Union address this evening, but he knows the limitations of his job.

Former Newsweek reporter Richard Wolffe, moderating a panel of former White House speechwriters this morning at the Bipartisan Policy Center, relayed the story of Favreau's hiring as Obama's chief writer. "He was very nervous about working for a president who could write all of his own speeches much better than he could, and so he says to Robert Gibbs, 'Why do you need a speechwriter?' And Gibbs said to him, 'If we had 48 hours in a day, we wouldn't need you at all.'" [See 3 things missing from Obama's campaign.]

No doubt Favreau himself has yearned for those 48-hour days as tonight's speech has drawn closer.

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