Smoking. Drinking. Lewd jokes. Frat boy mentality. Using elite positions to get cheap sex. That’s how a former presidential speech writer describes his time in the White House in a new book.
Oh, I almost forgot: he’s talking about Barack Obama’s White House.
The Washington Free Beacon reports that Obama speechwriter David Litt has written Thanks Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years. It’s coming out in September, but the memoir’s juiciest scoops are out now:
He also discusses how romance was “almost painfully easy” for a White House staffer. At least one aide used his position to sleep with a “blonde D.C. newscaster,” although Litt does not specify who. The aide regularly boasted about his conquest to his coworkers.
The White House that Litt describes might be characterized as “fratty.” He writes how the all-male, all-white, all-under-40 speech writing team drank, smoked, called each other “bro,” and followed along with college basketball mostly to please Obama.
“If chest bumping had been permitted in the Oval, we would have gone for it,” Litt writes.
Charmingly, Litt discloses that when he applied for a job with the administration, he “listed thirty instances of undergraduate marijuana use, plus one experience with mushrooms I made clear I hadn’t enjoyed.” He got the job anyway, because of course he did.