Ed Driscoll

'It’s Always Been a Dream of Mine to Write Comedy'

Dude, you’ve been doing it for quite some time, albeit perhaps unknowingly. Or as the Weasel Zippers write, linking to a Washington Post article, “Obama’s Speechwriter Makes The Natural Career Move, Writing Scripts In Ultra-Liberal Hollywood:”

A young and witty speechwriter for an eloquent but exhausted president escapes a struggling White House and stodgy capital city for Hollywood, where he beats the odds to find fame and fortune writing comedy for more bankable stars.

So might read the script treatment about the aspirations of Jon Lovett, an Obama speechwriter and the reigning champion of official Washington’s stand-up comedy circuit. In mid-September, Lovett, 29, plans to leave the administration to write for television out West.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to write comedy and be creative,” 29-year-old Jon Lovett told the Post. “I would like to be able to write in my own voice.” Lovett said his departure was not connected with the current shakeup in the US administration ahead of the 2012 presidential elections. Lovett wrote a great deal of speeches for Obama, including the ones on the financial reform. The newspaper said Lovett was one of the most talented and wittiest people on the presidential team. But the Post added that very few Washington officials had successful Hollywood careers.

Just a matter of exchanging one Sorelian myth-making apparatus for another; both come WaPo-approved.