David Litt was a little known speechwriting aide who worked in the Obama White House since 2011.
Litt had a backstage pass to some of the former president's most iconic speeches and observed him in very personal, private moments.
These moments have been folded into a new memoir by Litt, titled 'Thanks, Obama: My Hopey Changey White House Years," detailing the chummy, frat-like culture in the Obama White House.
Here are some of the juicer nuggets, according to the excerpt published by the Daily Mail:
Progressive Obama did not hire progressively.
According to Litt, Obama hired an “all-male, all-white and all under-40” speechwriting team.
Obama almost used a d*ck joke in a speech.
During a run-through of his speech for the 2012 Correspondents Dinner, one member of his team made a racially-loaded joke that referenced the president's manhood.
The line alluded to Vice President Joe Biden's remark that POTUS had a “big stick” when it came to foreign policy.
“Let's put it this way, dreams aren't the only thing I got from my father,” speechwriter Jeff Nussbaum wrote as a joke.
According to Litt, “POTUS laughed so loudly that I secretly hoped he would add the line to the script.”
However, he explains, a “presidential d*ck joke was a bridge too far” during an election year and the line was scrapped.
Obama, dropping F-bombs.
During another rehearsal, Obama had been practicing lines for a skit involving Comedy Central star Keegan-Michael Key for the 2015 Correspondents Dinner.
After the president was asked if the crew should return the next morning for another run-through, he responded: 'Nah ... The truth is, I'm pretty f***ing good at this.'
Obama staffers and the war on women.
As far as the dating scene in Washington, Litt describes, seduction was “almost painfully easy,” as colleagues used their White House credentials to pick up women.
“There was the winter, for example, when a blond local newscaster caught the eye of a co-worker. (I'll call him Chase, because that's what he enjoyed),” he writes. “Chase” pursued the news anchor by inviting her to holiday receptions and sports teams visits to the White House.
Infamous BuzzFeed video “shamelessly” promoted Obamacare, BF employees asked Obama for jobs.
Litt notes the following year, the White House turned to BuzzFeed to produce a video to “shamelessly promote his law.”
The video features the president doing “things everyone does but doesn't talk about.” It was popular in some circles but others questioned whether it was undignified for a president.
But by the end of that spring, millions had watched the viral clip and “sixteen million more Americans were insured.”
Trump got the last laugh.
Litt reveals, the speechwriters took in the help of one of their “comedy-world silent partners,” “Girls” and “Freaks and Greeks” producer Judd Apatow, who had written a joke torching the then-presidential hopeful Donald Trump.
Litt says that it left Trump “as red and angry as a blister.”
And that is what real life was like working in the Obama White House.