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Meet Cody Keenan, Obama’s New Top Speechwriter The Wall Street Journal — Cody Keenan, 32 years old, is transitioning to his new job as the president’s director of speechwriting on the biggest of stages, collaborating with Mr. Obama on the address that he will deliver Tuesday to Congress and millions of TV viewers at home.
For the last eight years, Jon Favreau has been entrusted with Mr. Obama’s words as his lead speechwriter and a key component of the president’s original team.
Now, with Mr. Favreau preparing to leave his post March 1, Mr. Keenan is taking the lead on penning the State of the Union speech as he moves from deputy director of speechwriting to the top job. read more