HOUSTON – A former speechwriter for President Barack Obama has written a coming-of-age memoir in which he revisits his White House experience and the other side of being a young staffer at the most famous office building in the world.
“It was a pretty surreal experience,” said David Litt, who was only 24 years old when he got a job at the White House and became one of the youngest speechwriters in White House history. But such a high-profile job, he says, was sometimes difficult for his personal life.
“In the book, I write that I did online dating, but I was at the White House and I was very scared, you know, politics being what it is, someone would take like an online dating profile and make a whole news story out of it. I had to be very careful,” Litt said.
Like in the book, Litt is sharing personal and professional anecdotes of his work in the Oval Office and even recalls that president Obama didn't know his last name correctly until the second term and called him Lips.
“My name is not Lips, my nickname is not lips. But, you know, at the time I have just started writing for the president and he meets a lot of people. So I’ve decided, OK. I guess I’m Lips now,” said Litt, who wrote jokes for the president at four of the White House Correspondents' Dinners and served as the president's go-to comedy writer.
Litt, now 34, was in Houston as the speaker of the closing night for the Jewish Book & Arts Festival at Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston.