Author David Litt on his new book Thanks, Obama.

Obama Could Take a Joke. Trump Can’t.

Obama Could Take a Joke. Trump Can’t.

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Sept. 25 2017 7:36 PM

David Litt is D.C. Funny

A former Obama speechwriter on why a president needs to get the joke.

Former Obama speechwriter David Litt speaks on stage during A Moth Summer Night's Dream: The 20th Anniversary Moth Ball at Capitale on June 6, 2017 in New York City.

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Listen to Episode 835 of Slate’s The Gist:


Working in the White House sounds impressive, but speechwriter David Litt says it’s not like The West Wing. Some days you just find salmon in a toilet, or have to tell the president that he looks like Hitler. Litt shares his experience as a self-described unimportant person working in the most important place in America. Litt’s new book Thanks, Obama is out now, and you can find him on Twitter.

In the Spiel, it’s a sports talk hot take.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.