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Meet The 33 Year Old Speechwriter Whose Speech Was Teleprompted To The President Last Night

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When Jon Favreau (no, not the actor) left the White House last year, 33-year-old (high-school football-playing, pirate-costume-wearing, Harvard grad and Ted Kennedy intern) Cody Keenan took over the reins of chief spechwriter for President Obama. As Reuters reports, Keenan's speechwriting career took off after he crafted the impassioned speech that Obama delivered at a memorial service for victims of a 2011 shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona, where former Representative Gabrielle Giffords was seriously injured. A former professor noted "he doesn't take himself too serious," and we suspect, given last night's SOTU, the rest of the world now knows that.


The wordsmithing wizard of terrific teleprompterism dressed for work...


and his special speechwriting outfit...


As Reuters reports,

Six days before the State of the Union address, Cody Keenan posted on the photo-sharing site Instagram a blurred image of a speech draft with President Barack Obama's notes in the margins. He ended the post with "#SpoilerAlert #InsideSOTU-Cody."



No amount of eye-squinting could decipher the details, but if anyone knew exactly what Obama intended to say in his annual address to the nation, it was chief speech writer Keenan.


The 33-year-old Keenan wrote what will be his State of the Union address numero deux after taking over duties last year from Jon Favreau, who left after five years in the job.


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Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:27 | 4381349 HedgeAccordingly
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U talking about sexual chocolate? Mr. Obumma.. not writing his own speech? psshh 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:32 | 4381388 negative rates
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Yea he's got the 44 IQ workin there.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:38 | 4381417 maskone909
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garrr thems be the words of butt pirate trickery! 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:49 | 4381437 hedgeless_horseman
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"guaranteed return and no risk"

Neither the pirate nor the pretender understand inflation risk, or they do understand, but are comfortable lying to the, "first time investors," that they are trying to dupe into buying the debt of an insolvent government.


So which is it, Mr President?  Are you ignorant or evil?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:51 | 4381478 negative rates
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The absolute kicker was that is was "affordable", huh?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:02 | 4381535 BC6
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You're so money, baby. MyRA is so money too baby!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:58 | 4382103 strannick
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"You stay classy, San Diego. Im Ron Burgandy?''

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 19:41 | 4382313 0b1knob
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A pirate writing speeches for a butt pirate thief of a president.    Ironic.  Or tragic.  Take your pick.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:54 | 4381502 Skateboarder
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A guy who doesn't take himself seriously writing for a guy who sounds promises of vauge betterness while ruining the nation. Sounds evil to me.

That guy didn't dress up pirate for Barry for nuthin...

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:22 | 4381650 Joenobody12
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(  So which is it, Mr President?  Are you ignorant or evil?  )


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:26 | 4381957 alangreedspank
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I'm sure the pirate knows about inflation. After all, he wants larrrge booties of gold pieces, harrrrr.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:05 | 4381872 Golden Showers
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maskone909, while it may be low hanging fruit, one must emphasize and second the whole butt pirate thing. For one, I'm still waiting on the unicorn ranch I was promised back in 08, and, like, when I wake up now, my butt hurts like I got stuffed in my sleep and all I got was this stupid telephone. And whenever it's my turn to hit the J, this dude keeps elbowing in on my toke. First it's stealing my hit and now, now it's Butt-Surf-USA, baby! All hail the chief, with his pen and his phone and his thar'she blows, two bit, wooden leg, eye patch, fake beard, no account, swash unbuckling fuck toy.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:42 | 4381435 aVileRat
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OK. Now I have now seen everything.

Harvard, Kennedy old boy, given a position he was not qualified to have, with no oversight or governance. Yup.


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:57 | 4381514 BGO
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Dont forget that he was born and raised in Chicago.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:32 | 4381391 Canadian Dirtlump
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He's too busy being awesome. His underling Sexual Bundt cake, aka the Dread Pirate douchebag aka the mongoloid whisperer aka William Fakesqueer, aka Code dog Keenan has become the only linguistic fromp* that Berri needs.


*Fromp - To fart while sitting in a bath tub, at bite the bubbles.Alternatively - One who goes around smelling bicycle seats.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:50 | 4381471 Levadiakos
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Any drinking buddy of Chappaquidic Ted's will be OK in Kim Jung Obama's book

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:09 | 4381575 Canadian Dirtlump
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He graduated to a Journeyman drunk driver by bein g an apprentice under tedski.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:46 | 4381782 Freddie
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Nice rant from one of our fine cousins north of the border.  LOL!  Pretty priceless.

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 02:26 | 4383306 jmk
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Girls bicycle seats to be precise!  I heard that when I was in 3rd grade in the 40's and not a Fromp but a Snark.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:50 | 4381472 lordbyroniv
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"this number shows the free activity of the being in the organization of the world. (...) It shows the free creature related to the plans of the Creator by links of justice and love or by the providential intermediaries". This number is seen thus connected to the Karma - 3 + 3 = 6
Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:12 | 4381595 12ToothAssassin
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Its the magic number!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:53 | 4382066 Millivanilli
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I guess he couldn't cut writing reality TEE VEE scripts.   Same talent...



Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:28 | 4381356 Bearwagon
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American fellows: Meet your next president!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:29 | 4381367 Gringo Viejo
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I don't take him serious either.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:54 | 4381489 FuzzyDunlop21
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Thats right. Hes a fucking joke

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:31 | 4381368 Son of Captain Nemo
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This is good. Right?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:54 | 4381490 BigRedRider
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Would you shake apart if I said no?  Just testing your convictions.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:31 | 4381369 taketheredpill
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If the tech-nerds can de-swirl kiddie-porn pervert pics they should be able to filter this too right?  Then fire his leaky ass (no pun intended).


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:30 | 4381370 Intelligence_In...
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The Osama Slayer doesn't write his own speeches?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:31 | 4381381 IndicaTive
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Fucking guy can't even carry the water.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:31 | 4381371 Gene Parmesan
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Ah, the pen behind the teleprompter in front of the asshole who's behind the (continued) intentional destruction of the US. Nice to meet you, douchebag.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:31 | 4381373 Dr. Engali
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Apparently he is a very good plagiarist as well.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:30 | 4381374 buzzsaw99
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my word cloud has BYTCHEZ as the largest word so there ya go

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:07 | 4381570 CHX
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My Bytches R A - there, fixed

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:32 | 4381375 SAT 800
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Gag me with a rag. So we're listening to shit from some doped up college boy comedian? No wonder it sounded so much like shit from a doped up college boy comedian. Somebody shoot me now, please.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:32 | 4381972 alangreedspank
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Worded it better than I ever could.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:31 | 4381379 philosophers bone
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I thought the speech sucked.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:33 | 4381392 IndicaTive
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You're generous to call it a speech. It sounded like a recital, and it sucked.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:00 | 4381415 The Heart
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Speech? What speech??

He sounded like  rectal...and sucked what?


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 23:14 | 4382969 Milestones
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Recital?? I thought that was a barker on a Carny runway.---Step right up little lady--knock all 3 down and win that Panda Bear. Pathrtic.        Milestones

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:17 | 4381921 vortmax
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My thoughts exactly. Politics aside, it was just a poorly-written speech with no coherent theme.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:35 | 4381393 Stoploss
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So, Barry is a spongebob fan...

That explains a whole lot right there.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:02 | 4381543 ebworthen
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This guy's got nothing on Patchy.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:39 | 4381419 Caveman93
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If you like your plagiarism, you can keep your plagiarism…period!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:42 | 4381434 rlouis
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33 - the new 15



Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:41 | 4381436 Cursive
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How hard is it to write insincere promises to the free shit army?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:48 | 4381464 SAT 800
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Depends on whether you have a human soul or not.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:00 | 4381527 DaddyO
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The octopus has many tentacles...


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:44 | 4381444 ebworthen
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Every King needs his Jester.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:43 | 4381445 DrDinkus
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getting trolled hard by .gov these days

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:06 | 4381455 lordylord
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Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:46 | 4381460 JoBob
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What kind of professor would say, "he doesn't take himself too serious,"?

Obviously not one who has ever taken English or knows whan an adverb is used for.  Must be on the Harvard staff.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:56 | 4381506 quasimodo
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Speaking of adverbs, this GQ who wears to much Soul Glo has less credibility than that old schoolhouse rock song 

"Loly Loly Loly get yer adverbs here"

What a 



Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:18 | 4381623 Mr Pink
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I just figured out who Obozo really is! He is that little black kid in Schoolhouse Rock who's Mom sends him to the sto fo a stick a butta

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:46 | 4381461 amadeusb4
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WTF is the point of this article? Is this Reuters' way to advertize on ZH? What?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:54 | 4381496 Bastiat
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I write the songs that make the whole world cringe . . .

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 16:54 | 4381499 gwar5
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The Captain Morgan motif is only meant to disarm the unwary. Somali want a cracker? 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:12 | 4381593 Colonel Klink
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Decide for yourself, graduated from Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences:

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:16 | 4381616 Miffed Microbio...
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Akak, I hope that wasn't you because with one slash with that hook you could have solved a few of this nation's problems.


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 21:57 | 4382793 Tall Tom
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It would have put that freak, Biden, in office. Unintended consequence?


If Biden were to go then we get to have the Orange Carrot Boner to be shoved deep up our ass.


The Line of succession is horrific. It is a just a Life Insurance Policy.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:19 | 4381630 kurt
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Based on the drape of the fabric of the pant leg. This fucker never worked a day in his life. I wonder WHICH secret societies he is a member of.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:21 | 4381648 whidbey-2
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Is than anything genuine about the man, OR is the speech writer making national policy? such as it is.  In any case we ought to be outraged, but we are not.  Hollowmen deliver hollow speechs .

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:29 | 4381687 MedicalQuack
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Lie Witness news...from Jimmy Kimmel..survey on what folks thought about the State of Union address "BEFORE' it was televised..everyone lies thier fannies off and said they watched funny..this is the real world we live in:)

I keep saying we have a huge problem with folks living in virtual software or web worlds and they can't tell when the real world shows up:)  Now all those folks that sell data collected from social networks can adjust their error factors on the value of this type of data from surveys to be 

I get so tired of folks trying to quantify social network stuff to where they think its more accurate than it I probably put a bunch of data sales in jeopardy today with a touch of reality and so did Kimmel of course. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:33 | 4381703 jmbruegge
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I didn't know Captain FeatherSword from The Wiggles moonlighted as O's speechwriter. Brilliant !!

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 17:36 | 4381725 Xandrino
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just look at the pic, says enough.

And again 33, the Magick Number


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:01 | 4381848 Fix It Again Timmy
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Who would waste their precious time watching the SOTU shit?  I would rather watch a dog shit.....

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:01 | 4381855 vulcanraven
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How pathetic is it that our "elected" leaders can no longer come off the cuff with an original thought or something heartfelt (ala JFK) and anytime they attempt to do so it winds up an embarrasing, abysmal failure at improvisation (fool me once, don't get fooled again, etc.)

They truly lack the ability to think for themselves, just like the other 98% of this country.

Follow the leader!

(over the cliff)

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:18 | 4381922 Random_Robert
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I feel cheated...

The Prez never once squinted his eye and said  "ARRRRRGH"  during his SOTU...

The speech-writing Pirate should be fucking FIRED. 

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:19 | 4381929 icanhasbailout
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It really doesn't take many "speechwriter" qualifications to turn in focus-tested platitudinal garbage. I'm pretty sure I could write a computer program that would serve just as well with no drawbacks relative to that quality work.


max_thought_length = 30000; // 30 seconds

audience_condescension_percent = 100;

semantic_content_percent = 0.0005; // need non-zero value to seed or you may end up with a copy of an earlier Obama speech



Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:25 | 4381944 alangreedspank
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Apparently, the average WS portfolio manager is 36 years old. No "muscle memory", as Jim Grant calls it, other than a ZIRP environment. This guy is 33 years old. Still has his statist beliefs intact as a lot of people a this age still do. There's a reason they pick these people at that age.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:36 | 4381998 benb
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I'd like to see him wear his pirate outfit during his trial as accessory to War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity in the Hague. Call me sentimental but maybe after his conviction they can use the same rope to hang him that was used to hang NAZI war criminals.

Here's another take -

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:47 | 4382047 22winmag
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This isn't a joke?


Is it?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 18:56 | 4382089 Hobbleknee
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Can't they use the computer program from CSI to clean up the image?

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 19:46 | 4382347 venturen
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wonder if Obama could even write a speech?

Thu, 01/30/2014 - 02:15 | 4383301 jmk
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Fuck no he couldn't--he's a complete dumbass.  Even a dumbass can be elected president.  That's been proven.


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 21:11 | 4382639 Save_America1st
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the pirate costume is quite ironic since this guy said on Fox News in the video below with Megyn Kelly that last night's speech was a rip off (pirated) of the speech he wrote for George Bush's 2007 SOTU speech.  Why am I not surprised with this Marxist, criminal, treasonous, lying, sociopath, scumbag of a POTUS?



Former Bush speechwriter says rhetoric “eerily familiar”

Paul Joseph Watson
January 29, 2014

Barack Obama plagiarized portions of his State of the Union speech from George W. Bush’s 2007 address, according to former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen.

The similarities underscore the point that no matter which party is in power, Americans are forced to endure the same empty rhetoric on an annual basis.

“Barack Obama has gone from blaming George W. Bush to plagiarizing George W. Bush,” Thiessen told Fox News host Megyn Kelly.

Noting how the two speeches were “eerily familiar,” Thiessen pointed to some examples.

”There were lines like ‘Our job is to help Americans build a future of hope and opportunity, a future of hope and opportunity begins with a growing economy, a future of hope and opportunity requires that all citizens have affordable and available healthcare, extending opportunity and hope depends on a stable supply of energy,’ all of that came from the 2007 State of the Union from George W. Bush,” he told Kelly.

Politico’s Dylan Byers added that although Obama didn’t lift any lines directly from Bush’s 2007 speech, the repeated use of the word “opportunity” was an integral characteristic of both speeches, while both also ended with an emotional narrative about a wounded veteran.


Wed, 01/29/2014 - 23:00 | 4382933 WhackoWarner
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 I cannot keep repeating this enough.  USA USA USA is fast becoming the joke of the world.


Always has been in Canada.

Wed, 01/29/2014 - 23:04 | 4382941 WhackoWarner
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There are pshycho illness definitions that define USA USA.  Denial; Cruelty;  Blaming others for every ill.  Failure to even look at fault.  Self destructive natures.  Self perpetuating destruction.

Fri, 01/31/2014 - 01:10 | 4386881 rockface
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"Wordsmithing wizard"?  Feeding mind numbing drivel to mentally ill meglomaniac?

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