Have you seen the embarrassing photo of Barack Obama’s 27-year-old speechwriter, Jon Favreau, and a cardboard cutout of secretary of state-designate Hillary Clinton?
It was snapped at a recent party, according to The Washington Post. The photo appeared on Facebook before Favreau, chief of speechwriters for the incoming administration, removed all photos of himself on social networks (except for one profile shot).
Favreau has reportedly apologized for the picture and the Clinton camp seems good humored about the incident.
“Senator Clinton is pleased to learn of Jon's obvious interest in the State Department, and is currently reviewing his application,” Clinton senior adviser Philippe Reines told The Post in an e-mail.
From where I sit, this picture reveals five important truths.
1. Speechwriters should remain in the shadows. Bush speechwriters Michael Gerson and Matt Scully started a downward spiral when they published memoirs and tell-alls, and hit the talk show circuit. That spiral ends here, with a picture of the incoming president’s star speechwriter fondling a cardboard cut out of Hillary Clinton.
2. No one fondles Hillary Clinton, cardboard or otherwise, and gets away with it—just wait.
3. If this picture emerged before the election, Favreau would be making sandwiches at Subway right now.
4. If you’re not careful, Facebook (or MySpace or any number of social networks) will get you in trouble—get used to it. In a flash of immaturity you pose for a suggestive picture. On Monday, your boss and everyone else are e-mailing it around the office. This will happen more frequently as we continue putting our lives on the Web.
5. You can take the speechwriter out of a 27-year-old, but you can’t take the 27-year-old out of the speechwriter.