Obama's 27-year-old speechwriter embarassed by facebook photo
Stephen C. Webster
Published: Saturday December 6, 2008

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President-elect Barack Obama's wunderkind speechwriter, 27-year-old Jon Favreau, has some apologizing to do.

For approximately two hours on Dec. 4, a photo of him groping a cardboard cut-out of Sen. Hillary Clinton -- Obama's chief rival for the Democratic nomination and his pick for secretary of state -- as another Obama staffer holds a beer to her lips, sat on his facebook page. Favreau quickly removed the image, along with all but one of his facebook photos.

According to the Washington Post, he has "reached out to Senator Clinton to offer an apology."

"Question No. 58 in the transition team vetting document for the Obama White House asks that applicants: 'Please provide the URL address of any websites that feature you in either a personal or professional capacity (e.g. Facebook, My Space, etc.)'," states the Post.

"Question No. 63 asks that applicants 'please provide any other information ... that could ... be a possible source of embarrassment to you, your family, or the President-Elect.'

"For a while there this afternoon, President-elect Barack Obama's immensely talented chief speechwriter, 27-year-old Jon Favreau, might have been pondering how to address that question."

Clinton adviser Philippe Reines, in a less-than-subtle jab, told the Washington Post in an e-mail, "Senator Clinton is pleased to learn of Jon's obvious interest in the State Department, and is currently reviewing his application."