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Leaving West Wing to pursue Hollywood dream

Mass. native who wrote Obama’s speeches to work on screenplay

WASHINGTON – He didn’t mean to break it to the president just yet. But President Obama picked up on the excitement in his young speechwriter’s voice when the two chatted about Hollywood aboard Air Force One on their return from a fund-raising dinner at George Clooney’s Los Angeles home last May.

Jon Favreau, the North Reading wunderkind who has channeled Obama’s voice since 2005 after meeting the junior senator at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, was considering a switch to screenwriting. His eagerness became apparent when he told Obama that NBC had picked up “1600 Penn,” a political comedy cocreated by Jon Lovett, another former Obama speechwriter whom Favreau had caught up with before departing Los Angeles.

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