David Litt

Coming of Age in the White House | Sunday, October 14th | 3pm


David Litt entered the White House in 2011 and left in 2016 as a Special Assistant to the President and Senior Presidential Speechwriter. Described as the “comic muse for the president,” Litt began contributing jokes to President Obama’s speeches in 2009 and was the lead writer on four White House Correspondents’ Dinners. He is currently the head writer/producer for Funny Or Die’s office in Washington, D.C. Litt has also written for The Onion, McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Cosmopolitan, GQ, Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, and the New York Times. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his fiancée, Jacqui, and their two goldfish, Florence and Duane.


In his comic, coming-of-age memoir, Litt revisits the good old days of less than a year ago – and charts a path forward in the age of Trump. Drawing from his years as President Obama's go-to writer for comedy, Litt takes us behind the scenes of the White House Correspondents' Dinner, the so-called "State of the Union of jokes." And with nearly a decade of stories to tell, Litt makes clear that politics is completely, hopelessly absurd. 

But it’s also important. For all the moments of chaos, frustration, and yes, disillusionment, Litt remains a believer in the words that first drew him to the Obama campaign: “People who love this country can change it.” In telling  In telling his own story, Litt sheds fresh light on his former boss’s legacy, and explores what it really means – personally, professionally, and politically – to grow up.

Praise for Thanks, Obama

“David Litt has done the impossible: written a smart, insightful, and funny White House memoir you don't have to be a political junkie to love. Even better, he takes us back to a saner more compassionate time when our president liked to read.”—Judd Apatow, Comedian, Film/Television Producer, Writer, Director and Actor

“Terrific—part first-hand story about being inspired by a cultural icon, part how-to manual for getting involved in politics and making change.  Thanks Obama is a hysterical, pithy, and heartfelt trip down memory lane. And boy do we need it.” — Keegan-Michael Key, Comedy Central's Key and Peele

“By turns moving and hilarious, David Litt's rollicking account of his journey from campaign field grunt to presidential speechwriter is an irresistible read.” —David Axelrod, former Senior Advisor to Barack Obama