Quote of the day: Ode to Obama’s “Mind-reader”

Word has it that Jon “Favs” Favreau, President Obama’s chief speechwriter and close friend/adviser/confidant of seven years, is leaving the president’s employ for greener pastures in screenwriting (though in Hollywood he will, confusingly, be one of two Jon Favreaus). MSNBC has compiled five of the best Favreau-written moments in oratory (spoken, of course, by Obama):

1. The “Yes We Can” slogan

“For when we have faced down impossible odds, when we’ve been told we’re not ready, or that we shouldn’t try, or that we can’t, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people:  yes we can.”

2. First Inaugural Address–January 20, 2009

“Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real, they are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this America:  they will be met.”

3. Address to Congress on Health Insurance Reform–September 9, 2009

“Well the time for bickering is over. The time for games has passed. Now is the season for action. Now is when we must bring the best ideas of both parties together, and show the American people that we can still do what we were sent here to do. Now is the time to deliver on health care.”

4.  2011 State of the Union Address–January 25, 2011

“We are part of the American family.  We believe that in a country where every race and faith and point of view can be found, we are still bound together as one people; that we share common hopes and a common creed; that the dreams of a little girl in Tucson are not so different than those of our own children, and that they all deserve the chance to be fulfilled.

5.  Second Inaugural Address–January 21, 2013

“We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.”

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