We knew Barack Obama was a geek, but his chief speechwriter is Jon Favreau? Iron Man director? Went to Vegas in Swingers?
Nah, not that Jon Favreau, it turns out. From the Guardian:
Jon Favreau, 27, is, as Obama himself puts it, the president's mind reader. He is the youngest chief speechwriter on record in the White House, and, despite such youth, was at the centre of discussions of the content of today's speech, one which has so much riding on it.
"Today's speech" being the Inaugural address.
That skill had been put to almost daily use in the 18 months of brutal campaigning on the presidential trail. Favreau would be up most nights until 3am, honing the next day's stump speeches in a caffeine haze of espressos and Red Bull energy drinks, taking breaks to play the video game Rock Band. He coined a phrase for this late-night deadline surfing: "crashing".
Definitely a geek.
Favreau then went away and spent weeks on research. His team interviewed historians and speech writers, studied periods of crisis, and listened to past inaugural orations. When ready, he took up residence in Starbucks in Washington and wrote the first draft. The end result will be uttered on the steps of the Capitol.
I knew I'd seen that dude in Starbucks!
Seriously, though: geeks and Xers have crashed the White House. Cool.