No, you cannot grope Hillary Clinton

by twit

even if she is a cardboard cut-out…


Incoming Obama administration director of speechwriting Jon Favreau (L) and a friend pose with a cardboard cutout of incoming Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton at a party.

(Obtained by The Washington Post)

I thought it was neat that a 27-year-old was making such a splash in the Obama Administration, even if I thought your speechwriting left a lot to be desired.  I have been disappointed in the tame and uninspiring speeches that Obama has given over these past few months, and I figured you were a careful and methodical kind of guy.  Apparently not.

This picture is now displayed on the Drudge Report, and according to the Washington Post, “popped up on Facebook for about two hours.”

Sure, the Washington Post reports that you are now begging for forgiveness from Hillary.  I hope you realize that you are an asshole for even asking, and I wish you the best of luck finding another job.

update:  Somebody please let the NY Times know that “not much” is not an accurate way to describe the amount of “baggage” carried by Mr. Favreau, seeing how they seem to have missed this bit of news…

update:   From my perspective, it hasn’t been clear just how reckless Mr. Favreau was about letting this picture out onto the internets.  Did he place it on his own, personal Facebook page?  or did someone else take the pic and then post it onto their page?

It would be a special brand of unthinking recklessness if he published the picture himself, and it wasn’t clear in the Washington Post story whether that was the case, although his ability to remove the picture so quickly suggests that it was his page.

According to the  Raw Story on December 6, 2008, which cites no source other than the Washington Post, the now-infamous pic “sat on his facebook page.”

update: CNN reports on December 6, 2008:

The picture was reportedly up for a scant two hours or so before Favreau removed it, along with every other picture of himself beyond his profile photo …

potentially implying, but not directly saying that Favreau posted the image on his Facebook page.

update:  the LA Times writes on December 5, 2008:

The shot of the 27-year-old writer with his hand on the 60-year-old cardboard senator’s breast reportedly appeared for about two hours on a Facebook page Thursday afternoon before disappearing, along with numerous other Favreau pictures, including one of him dancing with the cardboard female secretary-designate.

“a Facebook page.”  hmm.

update:  Fox News calls it “his Facebook page,” at about 00:33

update:  A Politico writer refers to this as a “minor offense” on December 5, 2008:

The WaPo today obtained this lovely photo of Obama’s speechwriter, Jon Favreau, which was posted on Facebook. Of course now all photos of Favreau are — poof! — gone, but alas, not before this minor offense made its way to the surface.

I went and checked the Washington Post piece, which was “Posted at 8:55 PM ET on Dec 4, 2008,” and the news  reports above talk about how all but one photo of Favreau has been removed.  Perhaps the writer considers such a profound failure of basic fact-checking to be a “minor offense” against journalism…

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